LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) -
This is a news release from Leakesville Town Hall.
Civil War reenactors, history buffs and people looking for a unique opportunity for old-fashioned family fun will converge here the first weekend of December for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Greene County's most significant Civil War battle.
Organizers are working hard to finalize plans for the 2-day celebration and re-enactment of the Battle of McLeod's Mill. Set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, in Leakesville, the 150th anniversary celebration hopes to not only draw visitors to the county, but also lay the groundwork for other opportunities, including the erection of several Civil War era historical markers at other locations in the county and the establishment of a regional Civil War trail.
“The Battle of McLeod's Mill has for a long time remained under the radar of historians and Civil War enthusiasts,” committee spokesperson Russell Turner said. “But, it turns out that it was a much bigger deal than those of us on the committee understood.”
“We are expecting quite a strong turnout from dignitaries from around the state, as well as descendants of some of the soldiers who were involved. Plus, we are expecting a strong turnout from Civil War reenactors, who will not only re-enact the battle, but also provide living history demonstrations, including artillery fire.”
A new website is up and running with details about the event, as well as historical information about the Battle of McLeod's Mill and the military efforts leading up to it. The site, www.davidsonsraid.com, will be updated with additional information as the event approaches.
The Battle of McLeod's Mill occurred on Dec. 10, 1864, and was part of the much larger Pascagoula Expedition or “Davidson's Raid”, which traversed much of South Mississippi in late 1864. The goal of the Union campaign was to destroy and sever the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, weaken the defenses of Mobile, and divert Confederate resources away from General John Bell Hood's army outside Nashville. The Battle of McLeod's was the most significant battle or skirmish that occurred during Davidson's 300-mile long raid deep into Confederate territory.
To follow is a list of some of the activities planned for the 150th celebration on Dec. 5-6:
- Living history presentations at Green Park;
- Greene County Museum Open House;
- Christmas Parade in Leakesville Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. (Theme: Old Time Christmas);
- Christmas Cannonade at Green Park (a fantastic fireworks display) after the parade;
- Union and Confederate period pickets and encampments will be set up throughout downtown Leakesville both days;
- Battle re-enactment Saturday morning at the Leakesville landing on the Chickasawhay River;
- Unveiling of historical markers; and
- A Ball and live period music at Green Park.
Area residents and organizations are encouraged to get involved in the project. Anyone interested in learning more about the event and ways to participate, can contact Rex Garretson at Leakesville Town Hall at (601)394-2383. Information about the event can also be found by logging on to the website (www.davidsonsraid.com) or by contacting Russell Turner at (601)394-7610 or email@example.com.