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Near Champion Hill in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

A Refugee Family

 
 
A Refugee Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
1. A Refugee Family Marker
Inscription. As the Civil War moved into the Deep South, many people fled the shifting war front. Two coinciding events encouraged Henry Coker to become a refugee: the death of his wife and the approach of the Union navy, steaming up the Mississippi River from New Orleans.

After his wife died on April 30, 1862, Coker took his slaves and the two youngest children to Alabama, near Tuscaloosa. He returned in 1864.

"Ever since the last raid out here I have felt like I wished to get away in some safe place if such a place could be found."
Matilda Champion, Nov. 21, 1863. Matilda went to Madison County for a brief refuge with her parents.

"How foolish it is for the Southern people to flee and leave their beautiful property to the foe. We only want something to eat. There are some who would apply the torch to a deserted home, that would not do so if the owners remained in it."
Sgt. Osborn H. Oldroyd, 20th Ohio Infantry

"...I had the pleasure of eating a nice dinner with our old friend and neighbor, H. B. Coker. We are camped only 5 miles from him and we talked all day yesterday till 12 last night. Our old neighborhood came in for a large share of the thoughts..."

"... Coker is keeping a kind of bachelor establishment
A Refugee Family Marker in front of the Coker House. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. A Refugee Family Marker in front of the Coker House.
with his dear little children to keep him company. Maud [sic] is a sweet little girl and Edward Kenny is a fine boy — now over two years old — and Coker certainly does stand in need of a wife."
Sid Champion, 28th Miss. Calvary, May 2, 1864, Tuscaloosa County

[Photo caption]
Destruction of a planter's cotton gin and the confiscation of cotton along the Mississippi River (right).
 
Location. 32° 18.251′ N, 90° 33.7′ W. Marker is near Champion Hill, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on Adams Lane near State Route 467, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in front of Cal-Maine Foods on the grounds of the Coker House. Marker is at or near this postal address: Adams Lane, Edwards MS 39066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chicago Mercantile Battery - Artillery in the Yard (a few steps from this marker); The Vicksburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Architecture and Renovations (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coker House and the Battle of Champion Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Death of General Tilghman (within shouting distance of this marker); A Narrow Escape (within shouting distance of this marker); Lloyd Tilghman (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Champion Hill (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Champion Hill.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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