Ironclads, Cotton & Corn: The Civil War in the Mississippi Delta

Many Civil War historians have treated the Mississippi Delta region as a sideshow to more significant campaigns in the east.

In a Lakeport Legacies history talk at the Lakeport Plantation on July 27, Historian Jim Woodrick will explore how the Delta was vital to Confederate interests and was the target of repeated Union attempts to utilize the region’s waterways as an avenue of invasion.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion begins at 6 p.m. The Lakeport Plantation is located at 601 Highway 142 in Lake Village. Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk at the Lakeport Plantation. Each month a topic from the Delta region is featured. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, contact Blake Wintory 870.265.6031.

Woodrick, a native of Meridian, Mississippi, is the Director of the Historic Preservation Division at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where he worked for a number of years as the Civil War Sites Historian. In that capacity, he managed the Mississippi Civil War Trails program, participated in a number of battlefield and campaign studies with the National Park Service, and worked closely with the Civil War Trust and the American Battlefield Protection Program to identify Civil War battlefield properties in Mississippi for acquisition and preservation.

Woodrick is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson and the author of The Civil War Siege of Jackson Mississippi, published by The History Press (2016).

“Seizure and Handling of Cotton in the Southwest.” Harper’s Weekly (May 2, 1863), documented the confiscation of cotton by Union troops hidden at American Bend near the Worthington Plantation. According to the paper, “three thousand bales” were “pledged to the British Government at seven cents per pound.”
“Seizure and Handling of Cotton in the Southwest.” Harper’s Weekly (May 2, 1863), documented the confiscation of cotton by Union troops hidden at American Bend near the Worthington Plantation. According to the paper, “three thousand bales” were “pledged to the British Government at seven cents per pound.”

Signed copies of Woodrick’s book, The Civil War Siege of Jackson Mississippi, will be available for purchase for $24.00 (includes tax, cash or check only).

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