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Newton County Mississippi Historical Markers

 
Medgar Evers' grave at Arlington National Cemetery image, Touch for more information
By J. Makali Bruton, September 2, 2015
Medgar Evers' grave at Arlington National Cemetery
Mississippi (Newton County), Decatur — Medgar Evers
Medgar Wiley Evers, born in Decatur July 2, 1925, was a graduate of Newton Vocational High School and Alcorn College. After serving in the military in WWII, he returned to Decatur and, along with his brother, Charles, attempted to register to vote . . . — Map (db m51168) HM
Mississippi (Newton County), Decatur — Sherman at Decatur
During the Meridian Expedition, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman ordered the XVI Corps to move east while he waited with one infantry regiment at Decatur Crossroads. As Sherman retired for the night, the regiment mistakenly left him unguarded. Seeing an . . . — Map (db m51160) HM
Mississippi (Newton County), Hickory — Chunky River Train Wreck
On February 19, 1863, a train carrying Confederate soldiers and civilians left Meridian heading west. Near Hickory, the locomotive ran off the trestle and submerged the train in the Chunky River. A rescue effort was led by the First Battalion of . . . — Map (db m111029) HM
Mississippi (Newton County), Hickory — Hickory
So called in honor of "Old Hickory," Andrew Jackson. His name given to military road built, 1817-1820, connecting New Orleans with Nashville & passing through this location. — Map (db m111026) HM
Mississippi (Newton County), Newton — Confederate Hospital
In 1863, Willis R. Norman received a Confederate Government contract to construct a hospital in Newton. The hospital complex, which is said to have consisted of 7 hospital and commissary buildings, was built on this site. Approximately 1,000 . . . — Map (db m77267) HM
Mississippi (Newton County), Newton — Doolittle C.S.A. Cemetery
In this cemetery, which has been maintained by Doolittle family since antebellum times, are buried about 100 Confederate soldiers who died at military hospital during siege of Vicksburg. — Map (db m51169) HM
Mississippi (Newton County), Newton — Grierson's Raid
Here at Newton Station, on April. 24, 1863, Federals under General Benjamin H. Grierson struck the Vicksburg-Meridian rail route, tore up tracks, & burned depot. — Map (db m77265) HM

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