Mississippi Historical Marker set for placement September 28

From press reports


The public is invited to an unveiling of a new Mississippi Historical Marker on Saturday, September 28, at 10 a.m. in Starkville.  The location of the ceremony is the corner of Highway 12 and Louisville Street (old Highway 25), in front of the Walgreen’s store.  As part of Mississippi’s recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the marker designates the importance of Union General Grierson’s raid that started in Tennessee, came through Starkville in April 1863, and continued through Louisville, Philadelphia, and into Newton.

The brief program will include the following speakers, Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman, Dr. John Marszalek from the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, and C. J. Johnson, Past President of the Golden Triangle Civil War Round Table.

Immediately following the unveiling, activities will move to the Greensboro Center, at the corner of Louisville and Greensboro Streets, just a few blocks north of the first location.  Outside the Center will be musicians performing music from the 1860s, as well as Civil War reenactors (both Union and Confederate) with a Civil War era cannon on display.

At 11 a.m. inside the Greensboro Center, Mayor Wiseman will present awards to the winners in the High School Essay Contest, sponsored by The Ulysses S. Grant Association and the Golden Triangle Civil War Round Table.

Immediately following this presentation, there will be an Open Forum Discussion of Grierson’s Raid, with local area participants, which include Dr. John Marszalek, moderator, and panelists Jimmy Cole, Kimble Johnson, and Dr. Bill Parrish.  The panel will also take questions from the audience regarding this event in local history.