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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jacob Thompson

Lewis family has longtime roots in Oxford

Historian Jack Mayfield spends time this week on the history of Oxford’s “oldest department store in the South,” Neilson’s Department Store which is celebrating its 175th anniversary. (September 14, 2014, Page 3C)

Scenes of Oxford on the eve of the ‘Grand Conflagration’

Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about more old Oxford homes including the home of William S. Neilson, who opened the still-open Neilson’s Department Store. (July 25, 2014, Page 3B)

Thompson views Oxford damage; receives commission to Canada

Historian Jack Mayfield writes this week about Jacob Thompson and his return to Oxford to see the damage it suffered by the North’s occupation. (April 4, 2014, Page 2B)

The slave community in Lafayette County

Historical columnist Jack Mayfield ends his month-long Black History Month series by focusing on the living conditions of slaves in Lafayette County. (February 28, 2014, Page 4B)

Letters to the Editor

Carolyn Ross writes to offer some of the words and wisdom of local statesman L.Q.C. Lamar and to point out that it would be very appropriate in today’s times. (August 10, 2012, Page 4A)

The slave community during the Civil War years

In honor of Black History Month, columnist and local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield tells us about the men and women of color who were slaves in the Oxford area during the Civil War years and how the war affected their lives. (February 3, 2012, Page 3B)

The burning of Oxford

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)

The banner presentation to the Lamar Rifles

Columnist and historian Jack Lamar Mayfield tells about the banner that seven young ladies presented to The Lamar Rifles in 1861. The bright banner was made on white silk and was 8 feet long. (March 18, 2011, Page 2B)

The Lafayette Guards are first to go off to war

Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield tells us about the first unit to leave Oxdford to fight in the Civil War . The Lamar Guard was formed in 1860. They left Oxford in 1861 where they would fight in Pensacola, Fla. and in North Carolina. (March 4, 2011, Page 2B)

Yankees invade Oxford during Christmas 1862

Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes this week about the invasion of Oxford by Union forces just before Christmas in 1862. (December 10, 2010, Page 2B)

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