Jack Mayfield brings us back to December 1862 when Yankee soldiers made their way into Oxford. (November 30, 2012, Page 3B)
Columnist and historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes us back to the Civil War when Union forces captured Forts Henryand Donelson near the Cumberland River. (January 13, 2012, Page 3B)
Columnist and local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes us back to 1864 when Gen. Smith ordered Oxford be burned to the ground during the Civil War. (August 26, 2011, Page 2B)
Stories of courage and honor surround the Yankee’s occupation in the College Hill area after Gen. Ulysses S. Grant crossed the Tallahatchie River near Abbeville and went on to Oxford.
Grant’s second in command was Gen. William T. Sherman. He had crossed the Tallahatchie at Wyatt’s Crossing, just to the west of Abbeville, and had moved his 30,000 troops into the area around College Hill. (September 10, 2010, Page 3B)
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant learned that his army could live off the land when he attempted his first capture in 1862 of the Gibraltar of the South in Vicksburg, after the Battle of Shiloh. This was significant for the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County. His troops would plunder the homes and farms around Oxford for not only food supplies but also for personal items. (May 28, 2010, Page 3B)