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Mississippians in the Confederate Army

In the spring of 1861 many young men in Mississippi had just one thought in their heads: to join the military and be part of the grand military adventure that would secure the new Southern Confederacy its independence. At the University of Mississippi, the student body had trouble concentrating on their studies, as they saw more and more of their classmates slipping away to join the Confederate army. In fact, the University had its own unit – the “University Grays,” which went on to gain much fame and glory as Company A, 11th Mississippi Infantry.

For some parents, the thought of their sons giving up their studies to don a uniform was not an attractive one. This was especially true of those that had children in the senior class, which was set to graduate in May 1861. One concerned father was William Mercer Green, the father of Berkeley Green, a…

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