Published on May 7th, 2014 | by Newt Rayburn

Photographs and Video of the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss – May 4, 2014

University, Miss. (TLV) – On Sunday, May 4, 2014,  a memorial service was held for Confederate soldiers buried on the University of Mississippi campus. Over 160 people attended the event which included reenactors, speakers, music, food, and plenty of flags.

The memorial was held at the Confederate cemetery located right behind Tad Smith Coliseum on the Ole Miss campus. Over 1,000 Conderate soldiers are buried there. Most of them fought at the 1862 Battle of Shiloh. The Ole Miss campus served as a hospital during the Civil War and it was controlled by both sides at various points in the war. Originally there were Union soldiers buried here as well, but after the war they were reinterred at the National Cemetery in Corinth, Mississippi.

The University Greys chapter of  Oxford, Mississippi along with the Bedford Forrest Chapter of Hernando of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the United Daughters of the Confederacy hosts the memorial service each year on the first Sunday of May.

Speakers included Larry Mardis and Jon Rawls of the University Greys  and prayers by Rev. James Taylor of the Calhoun Avengers SCV.

The featured speaker was Stephen Enzweiler, author of Oxford In The Civil War. Enzweiler gave a fascinating speech that detailed the lives of several of the soldiers who fought in the war and were buried in the cemetery. He also spoke of the doctors and nurses who tended to the wounded soldiers at the Ole Miss hospital, and Oxford’s importance to both sides who fought during the Civil War.

Music was played by Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers, an acoustic quartet which included a guitarist, double bass, banjo, and violin The Forrest Highlanders held a bagpipe procession. A wreath was presented by Frances and Boyce DeLashmit  and laid at the center of the cemetery.

In previous years, the SCV’s memorial service has held gun salutes and cannon fire, however the Ole Miss campus police arrived before the service, and disallowed gun fire of any kind.

All photographs by Newt Rayburn  © May 4, 2014.

 

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On May 3, 2014, Civil War flags flew at the Confederate Cemetery at Ole Miss during a memorial service for soldiers buried there. Over 1,000 Condferates are buried on the University of Mississippi campus. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers provided music at the memorial service. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers provided music at the memorial service. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Larry Mardis, Commander of the University Greys chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, speaks as period flags fly and reenactors stand in the background. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Larry Mardis, Commander of the University Greys chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, speaks as period flags fly and reenactors stand in the background. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Reenactors at the Confederate Memorial at the Ole Miss Cemetery on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Jon Rawl of the University Greys chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans speaks the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Jon Rawl of the University Greys chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans speaks the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Jon Rawl of the University Greys chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans speaks the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Jon Rawl of the University Greys chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans speaks the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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The State of Mississippi’s marker in front of the Confederate Cemetery at Ole Miss. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Dozens of Civil War era flags flew on a sunny, but windy spring day on the Ole Miss campus on May 3, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Author Stephen Enzweiler, author of the book “Oxford In The Civil War,” spoke at the Confederate Memorial on the Ole Miss campus on May 3, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Author Stephen Enzweiler, author of the book “Oxford In The Civil War,” spoke at the Confederate Memorial on the Ole Miss campus on May 3, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Author Stephen Enzweiler, speaks to the crowd while standing in front of the 1861 flag of the University Greys. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Reenactors at the Confederate Memorial service on the Ole Miss campus on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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The Confederate Cemetery is located right behind the Tad Smith Coliseum on the Ole Miss campus. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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May 4, 2014 at the Confederate Cemetery on the Ole Miss campus. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Frances and Boyce DeLashmit prepare to lay a wreath at the Confederate Cemetery at Ole Miss. May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Frances and Boyce DeLashmit prepare to lay a wreath at the Confederate Cemetery at Ole Miss. May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Frances and Boyce DeLashmit at the Confederate Cemetery at Ole Miss. May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Flags fly at the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Flags fly at the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Civil War era Flags fly at the Confederate Cemetery at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Larry Mardis, Commander of the University Greys chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, stands in front the official state marker at the Confederate Cemetery at Ole Miss. May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Bagpiper of the Forrest Highlanders at the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Over 160 people attended the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Lani Rinkel and her granddaughter Desiree Bonetti at the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Alan Sibley & The Magnolia Ramblers at the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss on May 4, 2014. Photograph by Newt Rayburn.

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Arthur Randallson and Jon Rawl at the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss, May 4, 2014.

 

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About the Author

Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in 2006.

Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Art Director for Ole Miss’ LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN.

A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt is perhaps best known as the leader of the Mississippi RocknRoll band THE COOTERS, but he also has the Country & Southern Rock group, HAWGWASH.

Newt is a Photographer, Writer, and Civil War Enthusiast.



One Response to Photographs and Video of the Confederate Memorial at Ole Miss – May 4, 2014

  1. greg lindsay says:

    wonderful that the civil war veterans are remembered

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