Thursday, June 29, 2006
Van Dorn’s Raid on the town
The most awesome event that ever happened in historic Holly Springs will be reenacted on a Saturday in October. Van Dorn’s Raid on the town will be recreated by the Marshall County History Museum, except we’ll be riding a Greyhound instead of horses (aren’t you glad?).
The event will begin on the Square and then venture out to General U.S. Grant’s living quarters and then his headquarters. We’ll see his stables and Colonel Murphy’s living quarters from which he made his infamous dash to the cemetery. We’ll visit the armory site where the first arms for the Confederacy were made.
We’ll have a Mississippi picnic at Van Dorn’s camping ground the night before the raid. We will have Civil War music at noon while we eat. Then we’ll travel up a country lane where there was once one huge plantation after another where the northern army camped. We’ll hear conversations that they had with 16 year-old Delie Scales, who wrote them in her letters.
We’ll travel to the place of Van Dorn’s last jaunt where 32 Confederate soldiers died. The Yankee soldiers carved their names and companies on the trees there. Lastly we’ll finish the tour with Yankee campsites by the river.
Every historian should come and bring his family and friends. The Museum is the creator of these fabulous tours but we only give one a year as Marshall County is so large. We’ve been having these incredible tours since 1964 and each year it is completely different than the tour before.
Reservations must be made in advance and space is limited so call the Museum at 662 252-3669 or mail your checks to 111 Van Dorn Ave., Holly Springs, MS 38635. Cost of the tour is $30 per person and is tax deductible.
Narrators will be Gary Colhoun, Bobby Mitchell, Cliff Valentine, Jim Thomas, Joe Overstreet and Chelius Carter. All these historians know wonderful tales of what happened here. I am the tour coordinator.
In past years, when we first began the tours we used school buses for transportation. (They don’t lend them out anymore) Narrators at first were Hubert McAlexander, Vadah Cochran and Charles Dean. I was always coordinator.
The past years are now a fantastic memory that we are attempting to reiterate in this special tour. We are making memories so come join us on October 14th, 2006. Wear your walking boots. (No white gloves!)
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