It is amazing how people, places and events are so interconnected.
Lately the ghost of Hernando de Soto has popped up on Facebook. I have seen several comments about where his expedition crossed the Tombigbee River, probably on December 16, 1540.
When hurricanes head into the Gulf, we all start to wonder when, where and how bad will landfall be. The storm updates and forecasts we keep up with have a lot to do with the legacy of Col. Joseph Duckworth.
Seventy-five years ago, the 43rd Bombardment Squadron was part of the last combat mission of World War II. Today, the 43rd is a flying training squadron at Columbus Air Force Base.
Columbus' Friendship Cemetery is most noted for its association with the Civil War and Memorial Day, but there is a lot more history than that to be found there.
In early August 1813, hostilities with the Creek Indian Nation were rapidly escalating.
John Pitchlynn's residence at Plymouth Bluff was the closest Choctaw settlement to the Creeks, and in response he fortified his residence. It became known as Fort Smith.
West Port was an early 1800s town located where the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway channel now cuts old Highway 82 to make The Island. The town arose in the 1830s as an alternative river port across from Columbus.
On Friday I went out to Caledonia with Danny Coggins to take a gift from James Farmer to Bradford Freeman.
Last week the subject about possibly relocating the Confederate monument at the Lowndes County Courthouse to a possible location at Friendship Cemetery came up.
This Fourth of July weekend we celebrate America's independence as a holiday weekend. At a time when heroes are needed, we are now prone to judge those of the past by the standards of today and we are seeing efforts to tear down or remove memorials to Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson.
The 1st Mississippi Regiment, better known as the Mississippi Rifles or Riflemen, stood fast at the Battle of Buena Vista and scaled the walls of a Mexican fort at Monterey during the Mexican American War in 1846 and '47.
It was almost 10 years ago that I first wrote a column on the state flag and the need to look at changing it.
One of the things that makes history so interesting to me are all the strange twist and turns that you find when you dig into it.
They were America's "Greatest Generation" and 76 years ago they stormed the beaches of Normandy.
The last several weeks I have spent many days walking and enjoying the almost five miles of trails through woods and sloughs at MUW's Plymouth Bluff Center.
Memorial Day weekend is the grand opening of summer. A time when, hopefully practicing social distancing, family and friends take to the river, the beach, play golf or go fishing. A time for beer and backyard barbecues or family picnics with iced tea and fried chicken. But we all need to stop, reflect and remember.
With the recent reopening of the Hitch Lot Farmers Market, the fascinating history of its location comes to mind. The area now commonly referred to as the Hitch Lot -- or soccer complex -- is the location of the earliest known industrial site in Columbus.
This is a story of men, who in spite of discrimination at home, become heroes in defense of America's freedom either in combat or in support of those who were.
Last week I wrote of old Columbus porches and some of the beverages served there.
It was not long ago that sitting on a porch sharing stories seemed to have become a relic of former days. That is no longer necessarily the case.
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