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Civil War

University students prepare for Civil War

Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes us back to 1861 when a group of University of Mississippi students formed the University Grey who later became Company A of the 11th Mississippi Regiment. (January 14, 2011, Page 3B)

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    Lamar, Isom local delegates to Secession Convention

    Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about when LQ.C. Lamar and Dr. Thomas Dudley Isom were elected to represent Lafayette County in the Secession Convention in 1860 on page 2 B  in today’s Oxford Living section. (January 7, 2011, Page 2B)

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      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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        At war’s end, Oxford has first Christmas tree

        Columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield talks about Oxford’s first community Christmas tree that was erected at the Memory House on University Avenue. (December 3, 2010, Page 2B)

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          Solitude: Lamar and agriculture

          L.Q.C. Lamar is known nationally as a congressman, senator, Secretary of the Interior and associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, but he is not known for his interest in, and ownership of, farming operations. In 1854, Lamar was living in his home state of Georgia. He had established a law firm in Macon but he did not have any use for his extensive slave holdings. (October 15, 2010, Page 3B)

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            ‘Oxford in the Civil War’ – A new book from History Press

            “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)

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              30,000 Yankees encamped at College Hill

              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)

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                The story of North Mississippi College

                This week Oxford EAGLE columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield gives readers another lesson Lafayette County Education. Last weeks column he wrote about the formation of a new state university in which the Mississippi Legislature voted for Oxford to be the home site. This week, is about another another institution of higher learning that preceded the University of Mississippi in Lafayette County. (August 27, 2010, Page 2B)

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                  L.Q.C. Lamar: A Profile in Courage

                  In 1955, then-Sen. John F. Kennedy wrote his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Profiles in Courage,” while recovering from a spinal operation. He had long been interested in statesmen who had shown great political courage in the face of constituent pressures. One of the statesmen he wrote about was Oxford resident Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar. (August 6, 2010, Page 3B)

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                    Stark Young: Oxford’s other early well-known author

                    In the fall of 1907, when the University of Texas lured Stark Young away from Oxford, William Faulkner had not risen to fame as Oxford’s well-known author of the first half of the 20th century. Neither had Young been recognized as an author, playwright or drama critic.
                    Their time was yet to come. (June 18, 2010, Page 3B)

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