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Mississippi Is...

Mississippi Is ...

In April 1863, a Union calvary brigade led by Gen. Benjamin Grierson destroyed portions of the Vicksburg-Meridian railroad and burned the depot at the town of Newton Station (now Newton). A state historical marker recalls Grierson’s Raid at the rebuilt depot. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered the statewide raid to distract Confederates defending Vicksburg and to disrupt their supply and communication lines. The 1959 movie “The Horse Soldiers” starring John Wayne is a fictional account based on the Battle of Newton Station.

. . . hospitality, friendliness, caring about your neighbor, home and serving God. There is nothing any better.
— Vonceil Broome, Sumrall

Mississippi is having integrity instilled inside us in early childhood, to do what’s right even when no one is around. Mississippi is friendliness as we wave at drivers we meet in the road. It’s a joy in the heart that others can’t understand.
— Joe T. Massey, Bruce

Outside my kitchen window I see
The tree farm across the road,
The big water oak in the front yard,
Two fox squirrels chasing around it.
Daffodils and azaleas in bloom,
Hummingbirds flitting ‘round their feeder.
It’s springtime in Mississippi
Outside my kitchen window.
— Jo Anna Knippers, Tylertown

The two of us, my spouse and I, were born up North; Yankees born and bred.
A year and a half ago, we chose to move to Mississippi to live instead.
Mississippi is our new home, we’re proud to say.
Living in the country now, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thank you, Mississippi, for letting us into your home,
Where we get to see all kinds of wildlife roam.
We’re Yankees no more; we’re Rebels instead.
Mississippi is now where we earn our daily bread.
— Dr. Frances Silva, Yazoo City

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