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Old 10-09-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Mississippians,

Here is a song that I respectfully pass along to all my friends and distant kin in the great state of Mississippi.

I remember this one from back in the early 80's...by Charlie Pride. It briefly made the charts, but then seemed to fade from existence. I loved it so much I have spent 25 years at least trying to find it. And just recently did on You Tube! LOL

Anyway, even though I have never been to Mississippi (except a very brief jaunt on business), I have always felt a tremendous and true and heart-felt affinity and kinship with the Magnolia State and the people there.

A lot of the reason is that I consider it my "ancestral home"...as the clear majority of my own kinfolk who came to Texas after the War, were from Mississippi.

So here is the song, and it will bring tears to a glass eye, in my soul-felt opinion!


Missin' Mississippi - Charlie Pride - YouTube

P.S. Like I mentioned, I have never really visited Mississippi. But plan to next summer. My kin from all over the state, and the ggg-grandfather upon whose record I joined the SCV was from up around the Iuka area (he was with the 1st Mississippi Cavalry), while another branch were in the southern parts of the state (the "Oldfield" family lines).

So, to ask, does anyone have any good suggestions on just where to start if I want to really tour and explore the state?
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:29 PM
 
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Mississippians,

Here is a song that I respectfully pass along to all my friends and distant kin in the great state of Mississippi.

I remember this one from back in the early 80's...by Charlie Pride. It briefly made the charts, but then seemed to fade from existence. I loved it so much I have spent 25 years at least trying to find it. And just recently did on You Tube! LOL

Anyway, even though I have never been to Mississippi (except a very brief jaunt on business), I have always felt a tremendous and true and heart-felt affinity and kinship with the Magnolia State and the people there.

A lot of the reason is that I consider it my "ancestral home"...as the clear majority of my own kinfolk who came to Texas after the War, were from Mississippi.

So here is the song, and it will bring tears to a glass eye, in my soul-felt opinion!


Missin' Mississippi - Charlie Pride - YouTube

P.S. Like I mentioned, I have never really visited Mississippi. But plan to next summer. My kin from all over the state, and the ggg-grandfather upon whose record I joined the SCV was from up around the Iuka area (he was with the 1st Mississippi Cavalry), while another branch were in the southern parts of the state (the "Oldfield" family lines).

So, to ask, does anyone have any good suggestions on just where to start if I want to really tour and explore the state?
First of all, that is a really earthy, heart felt song. It paints a picture.
My suggestion would be to come into the state through Memphis and spend a day or two soaking up some blues spawned in the cotton fields of the Delta to set the tone. Highway 72 heads slightly south and mostly east out from Memphis through Collierville to Corinth, where Civil War action occurred. You might find out if you don't already know if your Great Great Grandfather saw action there and visit the site. 72 goes on to Iuka near where your ancestor was born. If he fought at Shiloh You would want to take Hwy. 64 east from I-40 at Memphis for about two hours along the TN border and visit this impressive battlefield park. You probably already know, but if he fought there you can find his name and outfit at www.nps.gov/shil/index.htm, then clic on Civil War Soldier and Sailor System to find him.
From Shiloh or Iuka you might want to head back west to Vicksburg or Natchez, find a good B&B, then back up the Blues Trail (Hwy 61) and visit old Bluesmen's historic sites and a few joints to hear some music in Clarksdale, at Ground Zero Blues Club maybe, then complete the loop back through Memphis and home.
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Old 10-09-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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First of all, that is a really earthy, heart felt song. It paints a picture.
My suggestion would be to come into the state through Memphis and spend a day or two soaking up some blues spawned in the cotton fields of the Delta to set the tone. Highway 72 heads slightly south and mostly east out from Memphis through Collierville to Corinth, where Civil War action occurred. You might find out if you don't already know if your Great Great Grandfather saw action there and visit the site. 72 goes on to Iuka near where your ancestor was born. If he fought at Shiloh You would want to take Hwy. 64 east from I-40 at Memphis for about two hours along the TN border and visit this impressive battlefield park. You probably already know, but if he fought there you can find his name and outfit at www.nps.gov/shil/index.htm, then clic on Civil War Soldier and Sailor System to find him.
From Shiloh or Iuka you might want to head back west to Vicksburg or Natchez, find a good B&B, then back up the Blues Trail (Hwy 61) and visit old Bluesmen's historic sites and a few joints to hear some music in Clarksdale, at Ground Zero Blues Club maybe, then complete the loop back through Memphis and home.
*Whew* I cain't ask for much more than THAT as a good general road map! THANKS!

As an aside here, I have quite a few ancestors who wore the gray (what Texan doesn't? LOL) but the one whose record I am most familiar with was T.A. Bailey of the 1st MS cavalry (which later became Wirt Adams Cavalry). And yes, he was at the Battle of Shiloh and his unit (Co.G) was also at Vickburg for a time. Other ancestors were in Mississippi companies as well -- the Oldfield lines -- but I havent really traced their service to the extent I have "Grandpa Bailey's".

I know he and his family (a daughter was born in the Senatobia area) went west to Texas, and he finally settled in Collin County, became a fairly successful cotton farmer, and received a Confederate Pension from the state of Texas.

Anyway, like I say, I have always wanted to truly tour and visit and spend some time in Mississippi. And you provided some great guidance! Thank you!
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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Mississippians,

Here is a song that I respectfully pass along to all my friends and distant kin in the great state of Mississippi.

I remember this one from back in the early 80's...by Charlie Pride. It briefly made the charts, but then seemed to fade from existence. I loved it so much I have spent 25 years at least trying to find it. And just recently did on You Tube! LOL

Anyway, even though I have never been to Mississippi (except a very brief jaunt on business), I have always felt a tremendous and true and heart-felt affinity and kinship with the Magnolia State and the people there.

A lot of the reason is that I consider it my "ancestral home"...as the clear majority of my own kinfolk who came to Texas after the War, were from Mississippi.

So here is the song, and it will bring tears to a glass eye, in my soul-felt opinion!


Missin' Mississippi - Charlie Pride - YouTube

P.S. Like I mentioned, I have never really visited Mississippi. But plan to next summer. My kin from all over the state, and the ggg-grandfather upon whose record I joined the SCV was from up around the Iuka area (he was with the 1st Mississippi Cavalry), while another branch were in the southern parts of the state (the "Oldfield" family lines).

So, to ask, does anyone have any good suggestions on just where to start if I want to really tour and explore the state?
Great song.

I have family there and go there every other month there are plenty of things to do and see in the state. What are your interests?

First of all Mississippi is a big state. Golfing is big with tourists and if you visit here please visit the gulf coast. Plenty of attractions for civil war buff and plantation homes. You can find more information on the link below. If you are a tourist you should stay in or near Jackson the states capital, that way you are in the (almost)central part of the state and you can drive down to the beach one day then visit the attractions in the northern part of the state another day.

Official Mississippi Tourism & Mississippi Travel Information - Mississippi - Find your true south

They have a plan your trip option to make it easier for you.

My favorite part of the state is the gulf coast. Nice casino and great shopping, incredible food and of course the beach.
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