Mississippi Civil War Monuments

Mississippi Civil War Monuments

An Illustrated Field Guide
Timothy Sedore
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04555-3
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In soaring obelisks, graceful arches, and soldiers standing tall atop pedestals, the memory of the Civil War is ever present in Mississippi, a former Confederate state that boasts more Civil War monuments than any other.

In Mississippi Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated Field Guide, Timothy S. Sedore combs through the Mississippi landscape, exploring monuments commemorating important military figures and battles and remembering common soldiers, from rugged veterans to mournful youths. Sedore's insightful commentary captures a character portrait of Mississippi, a state that was ensnared between Northern and Southern ideologies and that paid a high price for seceding from the Union. Sedore's close examinations of these monuments broadens the narrative of Mississippi's heritage and helps to illuminate the impacts of the Civil War.

With intriguing details and vivid descriptions, Mississippi Civil War Monuments offers a comprehensive guide to the monuments that make up Mississippi's physical and historical landscape.

Author Bio

Timothy S. Sedore is the author of three books that explore how the Civil War is memorialized in the American South. Mississippi Civil War Monuments joins Tennessee Civil War Monuments and An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments as a survey and analysis of the legacy of the war on the American landscape.

Sedore is Professor of English at The City University of New York, Bronx Community College. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses in composition, literature, and religious rhetoric. He is also an ordained Baptist minister.



Against the fraught backdrop of debate over Civil War statues, Timothy Sedore guides us deftly through 800 Union and Confederate monuments in Mississippi with judicious precision and Lincolnian magnanimity. Now more than ever, we are fortunate to have this level-headed, clear-eyed book.


 (Stephen Cushman, Robert E. Taylor Professor of English, University of Virginia)


"Mississippi's 800 Civil War-related monuments far exceed in number those in any other state—including more commemorating the Union than anywhere but Pennsylvania.. Timothy S. Sedore's exceptionally valuable survey should find an appreciate readership at a time when Americans are debating how best to deal with statues and other monuments that reflect the war's, and history's, hard edges."


 (Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War)


The Magnolia State saw some of the most significant fighting of the Civil War, and it was in Mississippi that arguably the most important campaign of the conflict took place, now fittingly commemorated in the Vicksburg National Military Park. Timothy S. Sedore's Mississippi Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated Field Guide provides a wonderful and insightful glimpse into the state's Civil War history while taking the reader on a tour of the monuments that commemorate both the fighting and the men who did the fighting.



 (Timothy B. Smith, author of Shiloh: Conquer or Perish, Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg, and The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson's Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi.)


"Anyone visiting Mississippi's Civil War landscape would be well served to carry a copy of Sedore's guide with them. From Vicksburg to Oxford, readers will find a rich examination of how and why Confederate and Union monuments sprang up across the state."


 (Caroline E. Janney, Director, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, University of Virginia)

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Table of Contents

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1. Vicksburg National Military Park

2. The Vicksburg National Monument Park Landscape

3. Northern Mississippi

Alcorn County

Tishomingo County

Tippah County

Prentiss County

Lee County

Pontotoc County

DeSoto County

Lafayette County

Yalobusha County

Tallahatchie County

Chickasaw County

Monroe County

Grenada County

Bolivar County

Washington County

Leflore County

Carrol County

Montgomery County

Oktibbeha County

Clay County

Lowndes County

4. Central Mississippi

Humphreys County

Holmes County

Attala County

Winston County

Noxubee County

Yazoo County

Madison County

Neshoba County

Kemper County

Lauderdale County

Rankin County

Hinds County

5. Southern Mississippi

Adams County

Jefferson County

Claiborne County

Copiah County

Lincoln County

Amite County

Jones County

Jasper County

Clarke County

Wayne County

Forrest County

Pearl River County

George County

Harrison County

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