In September 1830, President Andrew Jackson dispatched commissioners Gen. John Coffee and Secretary of War John Eaton to Mississippi to negotiate a treaty with the Choctaw Indians, whereby the Choctaws would sell their homeland and move west of the Mississippi River.
Few people have heard of the sugar famine of 1919 and its impact on Columbus, but 100 years ago a headline in the Columbus Dispatch read, "Sugar Famine Strikes Columbus."
As we approach the upcoming bicentennial of the official recognition of the Town of Columbus on December 6, 1819, I realized that a revised timeline of early Columbus history would be in order.
"Gen. Houston, Late President of the Republic of Texas ... arrived in this city on Saturday evening last, in the steamer Victoria, from Mobile." So began a newspaper article in the May 21, 1839, Southern Argus of Columbus.
It's often the unrelated and unexpected finds made while researching a topic that turn out to be the most interesting.
Last week marked 206 years since Samuel Edmondson, riding "hellbent for leather," passed this way spreading a warning of death and destruction.
This weekend's Tennessee Williams Tribute in Columbus brought to mind the many talented literary figures that have at times called Columbus home.
Though little known in Columbus today, in 1929 21-year-old Gilmer Hotel cafe cashier Charles Henri Ford was publishing Blues Magazine at the Gilmer. It was a small magazine which only lasted a year but it set the stage for Ford to become a leader in international Avant-garde art and literary circles. When he died in 2002 he was described in a lengthy New York Times obituary as; " a poet, editor, novelist, artist and legendary cultural catalyst whose career spanned much of 20th-century modernism."
When blues is mentioned most people think of the Delta, Memphis, St. Louis or Chicago blues, but blues music has deep roots in the Black Prairie.
Last week there was a spectacular full moon. It was known as the Green Corn Moon.
Of Mississippi's historic flags I have always thought the prettiest was the Magnolia Flag.
Writing my column last week on the Washington medallion passed down through Sallie Govan Billups, I told of the Revolutionary War record of John Daves, her great-grandfather.
This fall marks the 195th anniversary of the return to America of Lafayette in 1824. In Columbus there is a rare medallion presented by Lafayette on that return visit. However, as is often the case with historic relics, it is unclear as to exactly who Lafayette gave it to.
It's always rewarding when research confirms an earlier educated guess.
It's odd how sometimes two seemingly different events suddenly merge into a single story.
In northeastern Lowndes County there is an old road now named Wolfe Road. That name is another example of people not knowing their own history.
I was planning on writing today about the 1830s homes of Columbus that are rapidly being destroyed without even an attempt to salvage valuable materials out of them. However, the last two days I have had several people ask me about family stories.
"To all those fond of flowers..."
So began an advertisement in an 1841 issue of The Southern Argus, a 19th Century Columbus newspaper. We all enjoy the gardens and flowers of spring and summer, but have we ever thought about what gardens were like in Columbus 175 years ago?
The founding of Columbus involved a series of settlements and events stretching from 1810 to 1819.
On Friday I was at the Duncan Gray Episcopal Conference Center for a Gray Center board meeting. Located at Way, Mississippi, nine miles north of Canton, it is not only a beautiful setting but a historic one as well.
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