Thursday, June 2, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Browns take cooking class

Margaret Brown and daughter Lynn travelled to Old Waverly in West Point  to take a cooking class together last week.

Beverly Fitch and daughter, Shelby, of Collierville, Tenn., and Christopher and Jenny Cupp and daughter, Emma Grace, of Olive Branch, were the Sunday guests of Billy and Tammy Cupp and Becky Cupp at the Cupp’s lake. The family enjoyed an afternoon of good food and good fishing.

Hamilton Seale of Pensacola, Fla., was the weekend guest of her parents, Ben and Robin Seale.

Elizabeth Freeland and daughter, Mabry, were the Monday guests of Kay Wheeler and her family.

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Miss Layla Mitchell to wed Joseph Carpenter June 25 at St. Matthew’s UMC

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie E. Stringer, III of Corinth and Randy Bart Mitchell of Selmer, Tennessee announce the engagement of their daughter, Layla McCall Mitchell to Joseph Ryan Carpenter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Carpenter of Lamar.

The couple will exchange vows Saturday, June 25, 2005 at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Madison.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Virginia Kemp Jones and the late Henry N. Jones of Corinth and Mr. and Mrs. Shermon Roberts of Union Grove, Ala. and Mr. and Mrs. Bart Mitchell of Selmer, Tenn.

The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cofield of Finger, Tenn. and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Haskell Carpenter of Lamar.

Miss Mitchell is a 1997 graduate of Corinth High School and a 2003 graduate of Mississippi State University. She now resides in Brandon, and serves as marketing director for The Waterford on Highland Colony in Ridgeland.

Mr. Carpenter, also a resident of Brandon, is a 1996 graduate of Marshall Academy and is a 2001 graduate of Northeast Community College. Joey is employed with Mendrop Wages Engineering Firm in Ridgeland.

Miss Lauren Adams and Brent Carpenter to exchange vows at Early Grove Methodist Church

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Carpenter of Michigan City announce the forthcoming wedding of Lauren Adams of Bartlett, Tenn. to Brent Carpenter of Michigan City.

Parents of the bride-elect are Mr. and Mrs. Avery Adams of Bartlett, Tenn. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Ralph of Iuka and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adams of Bogalusa, La.

She is a 2001 graduate of Bolton Agricultural High School and a May, 2005 graduate of the University of Memphis.

Parents of the prospective groom are Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Carpenter of Michigan City. Grandparents are Frances Carpenter of Michigan City and the late Marvin Carpenter Sr. and Howard Skelton of Lamar and the late Mable Skelton.

He is a 2000 graduate of Walnut High School and a 2003 graduate of Northwest MS Community College.

The couple will be married June 11, 2005 at Early Grove Methodist Church in Lamar. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.

A reception will follow at Oak Palace in Holly Springs.

After a honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple will make their home in Ashland.

Miss Holly Campbell to wed Michael Monroe July 2 in Huntsville, Ala.

Mr. and Mrs. James Collins and Mr. Donnie Campbell of Athens, Ala., announce the engagement of Holly LeAnne Campbell of Athens to Michael Jeffery Monroe of Potts Camp.

Holly is the granddaughter of Annie M. Campbell and the late Bailes V. Campbell, Eldean Dollar and the late William Dollar and the late Huston Pressnell, and the great-granddaughter of Ethel M. Maddox and the late John W. Maddox. She is a 1996 graduate of Elkmont High School, a 2000 graduate of Wallace State Community College with an associate’s degree in clinical laboratory technology. She is a supervisor at Decatur General Hospital Laboratory.

Michael Monroe is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Monroe of Killen, Ala.; and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Monroe of Dennis, and Mr. and Mrs. Telford Hamm of Red Bay, Ala. He is a 1999 graduate of Potts Camp High School and a 2005 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology.

Holly and Michael will be married at 2 p.m. on July 2, 2005 at Monte Sano Lodge in Huntsville, Ala. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.


Jason and Jessica Hill of Lamar would like to announce the birth of a daughter born April 27, 2005 at 5:54 p.m. at Baptist Hospital in New Albany. She weighed six pounds, four ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her name is Mikayla Jane.

Mikayla is welcomed home by a big brother, Caleb Byrd; maternal grandparents, Tommy and Bonnie Byrd of Lamar; and paternal grandparents, Forest and Ann Hill of Olive Branch.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

War with Mexico remembered

Did you know that Holly Springs has suffered through eight wars, the first being the War with Mexico in 1846? The May 9, 1846 issue of the “Holly Springs Gazette” announced in about an inch of space on the second page, “War and No Mistake! The citizens of Holly Springs and Marshall County will meet at the courthouse today to raise a volunteer company to march to General Taylor’s aid.” (General Taylor became the 12th President of the United States because he was a hero of this Mexican War.)

The infantry unit from here was called the “Marshall Guards.” They drilled up and down the street in admiration of the citizens of the town. A.B. Bradford was in command (he was the Seales’ progenitor). He was later counted as one of the Holly Springs Generals. He was a veteran of the War of 1812.

Mississippi’s Gov. Brown had issued a proclamation that the first ten companies who presented themselves would be accepted. So the company and the citizens were in a frenzy of haste and disappointment for fear their remoteness would prevent them from getting there in time.

Patriotic citizens sent Bradford money to take our company to Vicksburg and they were off. Amidst feminine tears, a noble, calm dignified speech by Miss Sara Epps was presented, along with a banner worked by the hands of the ladies, for the boys. A.B. Bradford and Gen. Polk gave patriotic, stirring remarks.

As soon as they marched off, another group of horsemen formed a new unit called the “Avengers.” They drilled up and down the street practicing for war, but never saw any fighting.

When the Marshall Guards arrived in Vicksburg, A.B. Bradford was elected Colonel and he was elected by a plurality, but he declined the election as he did not have a majority. On the second ballot, Jeff Davis was elected and Bradford was made major.

When the Marshall Guards arrived in New Orleans, they camped on Gen. Jackson’s old battleground. Then they embarked for the scene of action under Col. McClung. The trip was marked by seasickness. They were located at Camp Brozos Santiago and bound for Monterey, where they expected an encounter.

The first of the group died, a Mr. Langston, and they buried him by moonlight. Then S.H. Dais died and W.A. Martin died, just as they were shoving off, and they were compelled to bury them on a bank a few miles up the Rio Grande in their soldiers’ blankets.

Joe Bridges fell overboard and was washed downstream and with much difficulty was rescued. Sam A. Cole died at Matamoras and was buried in Holly Springs with 1,500 people attending.

When the battle happened, Col. Bradford sat on his horse, cheering his men on and seemed invulnerable to bullets. Many of the men were wounded and killed and he was saying “Can’t one bullet hit me?” But he wasn’t hit. His men compared him to Caesar, he was so brave.

A letter arrived in Holly Springs from Elkana Greer’s slave. He writes about being a hero in the battle and how scared he was. In the letter he tells of Elkana Greer’s being mighty sick because of a girl back home. He said, “I and him sleeps together and he ’sturbs me evy night, hugging me for Miss ____.” The “Miss” was Kate Clark’s grandmother, Cary Freeman. Can you imagine that dignified historic personage as being Elkana Greer’s girlfriend -- she was a real person too! Elkana later became Gen. Greer.

When the Guard returned home in 1847, many had died in battle and many had died of sickness.

The men laid down their arms for a 13-year intermission, while the stage was being set for the War Between the States.

This period, from the War with Mexico, until the War Between the States, was the eve of Holly Springs’ greatest material prosperity.

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