“Oxford in the Civil War: Battle for a Vanquished Land” by Stephen Enzweiler is the new book just published by The History Press of Charleston, S.C. The author is a journalist and senior editor for “Y’all” magazine published here in Oxford and he writes extensively about Mississippi and the South.
I really didn’t find out anything that I didn’t already know, but the way the author has presented the data makes for pleasurable reading. I have read these stories over the years in various different places, but Enzweiler presents them in manner that follows Oxford from its earliest day through the war years. (October 8, 2010, Page 2B)
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)