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HEADSTONE FOR U. S. UNKNOWN SOLDIER

October 16th, 2021 by admin

On October 16th, a headstone memorializing the Union dead at Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield will be dedicated at the Bethany Historic Cemetery where a lone soldier was laid to rest.

Many Union soldiers lost their lives during the rout at the Tishomingo Creek during the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads on June 10, 1864. The remains of one soldier, probably listed among the 1,623 missing after the battle, were found in the creek bank in 1953 by local historian Claude Gentry and Landowner Frank Snell.

His remains were interred within the Bethany Historic Cemetery and his pocket watch is now on display at the Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center.

The ceremony will include comments from historians and veterans, as well as a tribute played on the bag pipes and a volley salute.

The remains of his comrades, buried where they fell, were removed to the Memphis and Corinth National Cemetery as unknown in 1870-77.

Local friend of the battlefield and historian Mitch Caver initiated this project, aimed at recognition for the Union soldiers killed here, and set the headstone in July.

Caver had applied for and received the marble headstone from the VA National Cemetery Administration’s Memorial Products Service.

The ceremony on Saturday, October 16, 2021 will be held at 10 a.m. in the Bethany Historic Cemetery located five miles west of Baldwyn on Highway 370. The public is invited to this memorial.

For more information, contact Wanda Palmer at the Mississippi’s Final Stands Interpretive Center at (662)365-3969 or bcr.wandapalmer@ gmail.com.

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LIFE IN THE 1860’s

October 2nd, 2021 by admin

Re-enactors from the 15th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co. F will be camped at the center during the Okeelala Festival and all visitors and local residents are invited to this free event.

Demonstrations will take place at campsites and will include campfire cooking, tent camping, soldier’s clothing, equipment, and a weapons display.

Graham Osborne, local historian and experienced tour guide will conduct a free tour of the battlefield, beginning at 9:30 at the center.

The center will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and admission is $5 for everyone over seven years. The center is located at 607 Grisham Street in Baldwyn.

The center offers a film, interactive exhibits, bookstore, weapons displays, uniforms, a model of the battlefield and a database kiosk, along with a special display of genuine relics.

Anyone who has items or relics related to the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads, is asked to share their story.

For more information, contact Director Wanda Palmer at bcr.wandapalmer@gmail.com or call 662-365-3969.

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