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Battle of McLeod's Mill to be commemorated in Leakesville

Terry Bailey of Mobile, Ala., is one of dozens of Civil War re-enactors who will take part in a 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of McLeod's Mill next week. Terry Bailey of Mobile, Ala., is one of dozens of Civil War re-enactors who will take part in a 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of McLeod's Mill next week.
LEAKESVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of re-enactors and visitors from as far away as Canada will travel to Greene County next weekend to mark the 150th anniversary of the most important civil war battle in the Pine Belt. A first-ever commemoration of the Battle of McLeod's Mill will take place on Dec. 5-6. 

On Dec. 10, 1864, hundreds of Union and Confederate soldiers clashed at a mill site a few miles south of Leakesville, leaving nearly two dozen soldiers dead.  

Commemoration activities will include a re-enactment of the battle on Saturday and the unveiling of a historical marker.  

"A detachment of about roughly 250 Union soldiers encountered about 1,500 Confederate soldiers of Willis' Texas Battalion and the 2nd Missouri Cavalry," said Lee Turner, a member of the commemoration organizing commitee. "It was kind of a brother-on-brother engagement," he said.   

"If you don't commemorate the sacrifice, you're going to forget who you are and where you come from," said Terry Bailey, a Civil War re-enactor from Mobile who will be taking part in the event. "And that's the whole point of this business is to remember who we are and how we got to where we are today," he said.     

Activities will also include living history presentations and a Christmas parade on Friday night at 6 o'clock.

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