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Yazoo Pass, Part 2: Cold Hard Work

This week continues a series of history stories by the late Ashley Harris that were first published in 1994 and 1995. This story appeared in the November 24, 1994 issue.

On February 7, 1863, 4500 Union sailors and soldiers-turned marines entered the still-turbulent Yazoo Pass.  Many of them had to be transported the 350 river-miles from the Vicksburg area so they could descend the alternate river route, another 350 miles, and attack Vicksburg’s “back door” from the land side.

Because the water from the Mississippi was still rushing into the Pass the Yankees had some excitement.  A captain of the 5th Iowa Infantry gave an account of his experience:

The current grabbed his steamer and spun it around “like a toy stiff in a washtub.”  The boat was bombarded by debris and floating logs, and it was slammed into standing trees.

“In ten minutes,” wrote Captain Samuel Byers, “the rushing torrent had carried us backward down into the little lake.”

The current was so strong that the steamer’s captain ordered the engines to be run in reverse to slow the boat down.

“Not a soul of the five hundred men on board the boat in this crazy ride was lost,” wrote Byers.  Once in the lake (Moon Lake) we stopped, and with amazement watched other boats, crowded with soldiers, also drift into the whirl and be swept down the pass.  It was luck, not management, that half the little army was not drowned.”

Captain George Brown of the Forest Rose went shore with a landing party and captured three men who had just entered the Pass by the Coldwater River.  They said “the people at the mouth of the Coldwater had discovered what had been done at the levee, and that a force of rebels (some 30 or 40) with about 100 negroes, had been engaged for several days in felling timber across the stream at intervals between its junction with the Coldwater and a point nearly 5 miles from Moon Lake.”

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Feuer Powertrain officially open for business

Jackson, Miss.  –  Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr., and officials from FEUER Powertrain GMBH gathered in Robinsonville, Miss., to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s first U.S. manufacturing operations, which also serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters. The project is a $140 million corporate investment and creates 300 jobs.

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Tapestry adds to heritage at Good Shepherd

When the tiny mission church in Tunica and a venerable but aging congregation in Walls, MS agreed to merge and build a new sanctuary in North Tunica County, the name that was ultimately settled on seemed just right for a place of worship rising from fertile cotton fields that surrounded the site.

Now, nearly seven years after its dedication in 2010, Good Shepherd Catholic Church has formally received a gift with special significance: a near one-of-a-kind tapestry depicting Christ as a shepherd in a rural setting, holding a lamb in His arms and stepping into a river.

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Garbage fees start January 1

Garbage, trash, rubbish, waste...citizens of Tunica County can choose to call it whatever they like, but soon its removal will cost them.

Following a public hearing on Nov. 7, the Board of Supervisors approved a $6 per month garbage fee for county residents. According to county administrator Adrian McKay, the fee will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Before voting on the matter, supervisors considered a three tiered fee structure. Board attorney John Keith Perry said proposed fees were 27 cents per day for residents under the age 65, $3.99 for residents over 65 and veterans and $12 per month for businesses and churches in the county.

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