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Walt's Look Around: Mississippi's Revolutionary War connections

I've never done a story about the Revolutionary War because it wasn't fought here. But we do have some Mississippi connections to that war. And since this is Independence Day and that war won our independence, here are a few of those connections.

 The Revolutionary War in the east was a long way away from the Mississippi territory. That's what a lot of loyalists were counting on when they left the eastern seaboard and resettled in what is now southwest Mississippi.

Getting away from the revolution and their neighbors back there who didn't like thy idea that they weren't all for it. Some reminders of that time remain. Like Kingston south of Natchez originally known as Jersey Town because it's settlers were from New Jersey.

There are revolutionary war soldier's graves scattered around Mississippi. There are a few buried in Natchez City Cemetery. More than you'd think in Claiborne County. Memorial markers for some are in Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson although their actual graves may be out in the county as far away as grinders Ford on the Natchez Trace at Bayou Pierre, for instance.

There are some revolutionary war veterans buried at Red Lick in Jefferson County. Just up the road a few miles you will find the grave of Captain Isaac Ross. Ross built Prospect Hill Plantation. We've done whole stories about how he freed his slaves in his will and the controversy that caused.

His grave is no doubt the most ornate of any Revolutionary War soldier in the state. Maybe the most ornate grave in the state period. But his grave decoration is in honor of his freeing his slaves, not for his war service, commissioned by the American Colonization Society, although paid for by his estate.

Greenville in Washington County is named for Revolutionary war hero Nathaniel Green. But Green might have just been a footnote in history had it not been for another revolutionary war soldier who has a namesake town in Mississippi, Tadeusz Kosciuszko.

Kosciuszko mapped the fords on all of the rivers in front of Green's army across North Carolina and gathered all the boats along the way that allowed Green to cross the Dan River, leaving perusing English General Cornwallis empty handed and depleted of supplies. Kosciusko is his namesake town.

The fall of Vicksburg in the Civil War some four score years after the revolution on the 4th of July as well as Gettysburg at the same time has overshadowed the Revolutionary War's connection to Independence Day for us coming later. But had it not been for a successful revolution, none of the rest of this would have ever happened.

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