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State Budget Writers Attain 4-Year Goals in Just 3 Years

State Budget Writers Attain 4-Year Goals in Just 3 Years

[ 0 ] April 19, 2014

Rep. Herb Frierson (R-Poplarville) is Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.  It is the job of Herb’s committee, and that of the Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Sen. Buck Clarke (R-Hollandale), to craft Mississippi’s annual budget.  The Legislature has just adopted a $6.073 Billion FY 2015 Budget, representing a $242.2 Million (4.24%) increase in total state support over […]

Speaker Pro Tempore's 2014 Regular Session Summary

Speaker Pro Tempore’s 2014 Regular Session Summary

[ 2 ] April 9, 2014

Landmark Corrections and Criminal Justice reforms, a meaningful pay raise for Mississippi teachers and many other state employees, the funding of critical public safety needs, and the adoption of a structurally balanced and fiscally responsible state budget for the coming fiscal year were the principal hallmarks of the 2014 Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature.  […]

Meridian Campaign Featured Monday On Eagle Network

Meridian Campaign Featured Monday On Eagle Network

[ 0 ] February 24, 2014

I will be proud to be Paul Ott’s guest on the Eagle Network between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, to discuss Sherman’s Meridian Campaign, which occurred 150 years ago this month.  Paul’s show is broadcast statewide, and may be heard on WMOX AM1010 in Meridian, or on one of the other […]

In My Opinion

Paddling Upstream

Paddling Upstream

[ 0 ] October 17, 2010

Americans will cast Congressional ballots two weeks from Tuesday.  Republicans must net a 40 seat gain in order to take control of the House of Representatives and thereby “fire” Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Most prognosticators, Democrat as well as Republican, now concede this is a likelihood. Democrats are in big trouble because Americans reject what Congress […]

Random Thoughts

Egg Bowl Impressions

Egg Bowl Impressions

[ 0 ] November 28, 2009

COWBELLS – The cowbell ban is silly.  If anyone were really serious about enforcement, cowbell toting fans (easy enough to identify personally in the stands from any telecast) would be fined, or simply banned from future games.  That won’t be done, nor should it be, because the rule itself is ridiculous, as the SEC’s inaction […]

Other Recent Articles

Polk's Official Report of The Meridian Campaign

Polk’s Official Report of The Meridian Campaign

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014

The Confederate army, like the Federals, required official reports to be submitted by commanders engaged with the enemy.  General Leonidas Polk, headquartered at Meridian, commanded all Rebel forces responsible for the defense of Mississippi and Alabama, including not only Meridian but also the even more strategically valuable deep-water port of Mobile. Here are the official […]

Sherman's Official Report of The Meridian Campaign

Sherman’s Official Report of The Meridian Campaign

[ 1 ] March 2, 2014

With the coming of March, the Meridian Campaign was finally over.  The end has also come to my month-long series of posts; there are but two more, today’s and tomorrow’s. The following is quite lengthy, but if you are interested enough to want to dig deeper into the history of Sherman’s Meridian Campaign, there is […]

150 Years Ago Today -- February 29, 1864

150 Years Ago Today — February 29, 1864

[ 0 ] March 1, 2014

SHERMAN TO WASHINGTON:  “MERIDIAN . . . NO LONGER EXISTS.” Southerners condemn Sherman for the utterly ruthless tactics he employs in the Meridian Campaign, and later in Georgia and the Carolinas. Sherman himself is unrepentant, placing the blame for his terrible work squarely upon the Confederates themselves: “Three years ago, by a little reflection and […]

150 Years Ago Today -- February 28, 1864

150 Years Ago Today — February 28, 1864

[ 0 ] February 28, 2014

SHERMAN’S DEVASTATION BRINGS THE REAL “JUNETEENTH” TO MISSISSIPPI On this Sunday, a mere eight days after Sherman’s departure, a woman in Meridian writes her mother in Mobile a long letter about the “terrible raid.” One notable thing she comments upon is how many black “servants” have deserted area families to go off with the Yankees. […]

150 Years Ago Today -- February 27, 1864

150 Years Ago Today — February 27, 1864

[ 0 ] February 27, 2014

THE RAILROADS ARE REPAIRED, BUT THE WAR MOVES TO GEORGIA Although General Sherman reports to Washington that “we absolutely and effectively broke a full hundred miles of railroad at and around Meridian,” the Confederate government is determined to quickly repair the damage. The same Major Whitfield who had earlier supervised the removal of government property […]

150 Years Ago Today -- February 26, 1864

150 Years Ago Today — February 26, 1864

[ 0 ] February 26, 2014

DAY TWENTY-FOUR OF SHERMAN’S MERIDIAN CAMPAIGN General Sherman arrives in Canton at dusk. With the Pearl River safely behind, the Meridian Campaign effectively is over. The campaign’s “butcher bill” of killed, wounded and captured totals 228 Federal soldiers, and 288 Confederates. Although organized pillaging and wanton destruction has been the order of the day in […]

150 Years Ago Today -- February 25, 1864

150 Years Ago Today — February 25, 1864

[ 0 ] February 25, 2014

DAY TWENTY-THREE OF SHERMAN’S MERIDIAN CAMPAIGN Although President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation effective January 1, 1863, it is not until the Meridian Campaign in February, 1864 that central Mississippi’s blacks first experience their own freedom. As many as 8,000 self-emancipated slaves from all across central Mississippi follow Sherman’s army back to Vicksburg. Sherman, […]