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Battle of Brown’s Gin

January 1, 2019

47th Indiana Volunteers On August 11, 1862 a brief, but deadly battle took place on the the line between Tunica and Coahoma counties in Northwest Mississippi.  Company A of the 47th Indiana Volunteers consisting of forty five men and thirteen cavalry were attacked by an unknown number of Confederates at Brown’s gin. The Union soldiers… Read More ›

The Swamp Fox and My Delta

In the early days of April 1862, a small and tired group of Missourians marched into Helena.  They must have seemed like a strange site to the citizens of the river town since they were the first organized body of Confederates they had seen since hundreds of their men had marched off to war in… Read More ›

John Smith Phelps: Military Governor of Arkansas

John Smith Phelps was born in Sinsbury, Hartford County, Connecticutt on December 22, 1814.  He graduated from Trinity College and was admitted to the bar in 1835.  Soon after, the Phelps family moved to Springfield in Greene County, Missouri. Mr. Phelps married Mary Whitney and together they would have five children.  They were John Elisha,… Read More ›

Blythe’s Regiment, From Kentucky to Stones River

On June 27, 1862, Braxton Bragg took over the Army of the Mississippi at Corinth.  Whatever his critics might say, he did a miraculous job rebuilding the beaten force that had retreated from Shiloh in April.  By July, the Army of the Mississippi numbered around 36,000 men and were healthy and ready for action.  Because… Read More ›

Mississippi Swampers: Company B, 44th Mississippi Infantry Roster

Officers: Robert H. Humphreys – Captain: Age 30, June 11, 1861- killed at the Battle of Shiloh April 6, 1862. James Moore – 1st. Lieutenant: Age 25, June 11, 1861- promoted Major, promoted Lt. Colonel May 8, 1862, wounded September 14, 1862 at Munfordville, Kentucky, died September 15, 1862. Robert George Kelsey – 2nd Lieutenant:… Read More ›

Mississippi Swampers are Born: Battle of Belmont and Shiloh

      The Mississippi Swampers were organized at Memphis, Tennessee on June 11, 1861.  It’s origins go further south though.  Robert J. Humphreys was the popular sheriff of Tunica County, Mississippi and had served from 1853 to 1860.  He decided to organize a company to defend the county and the new Confederate States of… Read More ›

Nancy Lindsley’s Saga on the Pass

Nancy was the daughter of Samuel and Susanna Brown.  She was born in Kentucky around 1815.  Her parents were married on September 14, 1807 in Garrard County, Kentucky.  Samuel was an ordained minister.  She had a large family and one of her brothers was Issac N. Brown, who would become famous as Captain of the… Read More ›

Dr. Johnathan Smith Bostick

Johnathan Smith Bostick was born in 1806 in North Carolina and moved to Tennessee with his family.  He married Margaret M. Elliott on November 4, 1844 in Rutherford County.  He started a medical practice in Murfreesboro.  They had four children, but times were hard in those days.  All of his kids died young with the… Read More ›

Phillips County Enters the War

The year 1861 saw much division in the state of Arkansas.  Many people around Arkansas were excited about the idea of seceding from the United States.  However, there were just as many families living in the mountains and hill regions of Arkansas that were against it.  Phillips County was listed as being in support of… Read More ›

Tunica and Coahoma enter the Civil War

On January 20, 1861, Mississippi State troops under orders from Governor John J. Pettus occupied the unfinished U.S. fort on Ship Island in the Gulf of Mexico.  One day later, the Congressional delegation from Mississippi withdrew from Washington with Senator Jefferson Davis being the last to leave.  The Army of Mississippi was organized on January… Read More ›

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