Civil War

Published on April 29th, 2013 | by Newt Rayburn


University Greys at Gettysburg, painted by Ray Meifert

The last Monday in April is “Confederate Memorial Day” in Mississippi. It’s an Official State Holiday. Here is a interesting video of a painting of the University Greys last stand at Gettysburg, painted by Ray Meifert. The University Greys were Ole Miss students who enlisted in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Their ranks were decimated at Gettysburg and very few survived the war.

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Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in March of 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, 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 Rayburn's alter ego—Neuter Cooter—lead the Mississippi band THE COOTERS to Rocknoll Glory across the USA from 1993-2018. Newt is a family man who also is a publisher, photographer, writer, musician, landlord, and Civil War enthusiast.

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