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Friday, May 29, 2015

Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn

The Achilles’ Heel of Grant’s long thrust into Mississippi

Historian and columnist Jack Mayfield takes us this week to Dec. 20, 1862 when Gen. Van Dorn and his Confederate soldiers took out the Union’s supply depot in Holly Springs, only to later learn how that move backfired on the citizens of Lafayette County. (December 14, 2012, Page 2B)

The occupation of Oxford

Historian and columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about the occupation of Oxford in December 1862 during the Civil War. (December 16, 2011, Page 2B)

Yankees plunder Oxford

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)

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