Thursday, October 12, 2006
A visit to “a day in the past”
From the Museum this weekend we’ll be traveling back in time over the eons of history where time will stand still.
We’ll be following Confederate General Earl Van Dorn’s route into and out of this place. In Holly Springs we live on a battlefield, where at least 62 little battles took place.
The northern army first moved into Marshall County on November 2, 1862, and brought at least 64,000 men here. They were camped everywhere, always being close to water. Marshall County has lots of the vital water.
General Grant of the northern army chose to have Holly Springs as his headquarters as it was on the railroad. He brought his trains crammed full of northern supplies and food, guns, ammunitions, clothing, millions of dollars worth, in railroad cars at the depot.
We will visit Van Dorn’s route around town and then travel up a country lane where old trees border the gravel road where there used to be one plantation after another.
Northern troops were camped everywhere here too. At the Museum we have written accounts of what happened here.
This delightful tour will be Saturday, October 14, at the Museum, and will have real live historians as guides on a climate controlled bus.
The Museum has been sponsoring these tours since 1964. We discovered the amazing history here in Marshall County and wanted to share it with everyone.
A delicious Mississippi lunch cooked by experts will be served.
The county is so large we divided it like a pie and take one piece a year and dwell on the history in that section.
Out of this we have written and published five books about what happened here that we sell at the Museum.
The incredible people who lived here before us left their footprints in the sands of time and left us an unbelievable legacy to fulfill and pass on to future generations.
Be sure and share this history with your children and grandchildren so they, too, can pass it on. Otherwise those glorious stories and valuable lessons will be lost forever.
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