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Tag: Tunica County in the Civil War

Life and death of a Partisan

On March 16, 1863 the 3rd Iowa Cavalry marched into the small settlement of Mound Place in Northern Coahoma County.  They were led by Major John Willock Noble who stationed his men at Hunt’s Mill.  Hunt’s Mill was a saw mill at the center of this farming community.  Even though the area was occupied territory,… Read More ›

Michael Deering

Helena, Arkansas About three years before the Civil War there was a famine so desperate that thousands of the Irish people came to the United States to earn a livelihood.  Among these people was a young man from the north of Ireland named Michael Deering.  He had been educated by the Catholic Church as a… 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 ›

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 ›

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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