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Holly Springs in Marshall County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Van Dorn Captures Holly Springs

Stop 6 Van Dorn's Raid:

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, May 24, 2021
1. Van Dorn Captures Holly Springs Marker
Inscription.  General Van Dorn advised Colonel Griffith of the Texas Brigade: "Take care that you do not find a hornet's nest at the square!" Griffith led his brigade westward down Depot Street (Van Dorn Avenue) to the Town Square, ushered by Rebel yells and the warning "Clear the street darn your souls, here comes your wild Texas boys!" A Union officer, who was quartered in the Strickland & Fant law office just south of this corner, recalled that he hurriedly dressed, ran outside, and glanced around this corner to see Southerners galloping toward him. Shots were fired; bullets clipped the bricks over the officer's head; and he ran down Market Street to the city cemetery. A member of the 101st Illinois band, who was lodged in the same building, said, "I looked down the street toward the railroad depot, and saw what seemed to be a herd of wild buffalo, snorting, mad, all headed toward me at the rate of a mile a minute, yelling bellowing and shouting, bullets whistling around my head." The Texans charged into the Town Square, and, in just minutes, Griffith sent word to Van Dorn, "The hornet's nest is ours!"

After securing the Town Square, Griffith sent

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By Mark Hilton, May 24, 2021
2. Van Dorn Captures Holly Springs Marker on right.
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the 6th and 9th Texas south of town to guard the road to Oxford. The 27th Texas remained in the square to guard the Union prisoners. While approximately 1,500 prisoners were signing paroles, Van Dorn addressed the problem of the destruction of a vast amount of munitions and supplies. The Federals had filled the courthouse, the three-story Masonic temple on the east side of the square, an adjacent large brick livery stable, and many other large buildings and houses on or near the square to capacity with weaponry and munitions. The Confederates laboriously piled munitions in the streets for detonation, but the exploding shells soon spread fires to nearby buildings. The explosions broke nearly every window in town, and the whole east block of the square was destroyed. The unfinished Presbyterian Church, just south of the square on Memphis Street, was also used for munitions storage and narrowly escaped destruction.
 
Erected 2005 by Holly Springs Tourism and Recreation Bureau, Blue & Gray Education Society. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 34° 46.044′ N, 89° 26.828′ W. Marker is in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in Marshall County. Marker is at the intersection of East Van Dorn
Confederate General Earl Van Dorn (September 17, 1820 – May 7, 1863) image. Click for full size.
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3. Confederate General Earl Van Dorn (September 17, 1820 – May 7, 1863)
Avenue (Mississippi Route 4/178) and South Market Street, on the right when traveling east on East Van Dorn Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 145 E Van Dorn Ave, Holly Springs MS 38635, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Order #11 (a few steps from this marker); Mississippi Central R.R. Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Ida B. Wells-Barnett (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Holly Springs (about 400 feet away); Hill Country Blues (about 500 feet away); Yellow Fever House (about 500 feet away); Walthall Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Asbury United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holly Springs.
 
Also see . . .  Holly Springs Raid (from Wikipedia). (Submitted on May 24, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Courthouse Square (Harper's Weekly) Jan. 10, 1863 image. Click for full size.
Photo taken from marker.
4. Courthouse Square (Harper's Weekly) Jan. 10, 1863
View from marker of Marshall County Courthouse and Square. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 24, 2021
5. View from marker of Marshall County Courthouse and Square.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 24, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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