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Gilder-Jordan Lecture to Focus on Voter Suppression

Historian and author Carol Anderson set to speak Oct. 13 OCTOBER 7, 2020 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY With the presidential election only weeks away, voting and how to do so are on the minds of many Americans. A historian who studies public policy with regards to race, justice and equality will visit the University of […]

UM history professor John Neff, who founded the university’s Center for Civil War Research, was a noted scholar who is remembered for being approachable, with a door always open for his students. Photo by Nathan Latil/Ole Miss

Professor John Neff’s Door Was Always Open

Noted Civil War scholar and professor remembered for approachable nature and devotion to students FEBRUARY 17, 2020 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Noell Wilson remembers beloved University of Mississippi history professor John Neff, with his distinguished, thick gray beard, always keeping his office door open and sitting there deep in conversation with his students. Neff and the […]

Columns Society members tells about the History and Context plaque at Barnard Observatory. Photo by Kevin Bain/University Communications

University Unveils Plaques as ‘Significant Moment’ in Its History

Markers provide history and context for campus sites MARCH 2, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The University of Mississippi’s Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context’s work culminated Friday (March 2) with a “significant moment” in the university’s history: the unveiling of six new markers that are the product of months of study and feedback from […]


MPB: Teaching Tough Topics: Civil War History in Mississippi

December 3, 2015 In Mississippi, the Civil War still stirs emotions. It’s not so much that teachers disagree on how it should be taught, but that ongoing attempts by the University of Mississippi and several cities across the South to shed Confederate symbols have called up old ghosts. Sandra Knispel reports for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. […]

Yale Historian to Examine Civil War in Civil Rights Era

. . . Public lecture set for November 16 in Nutt Auditorium A Yale historian will visit the University of Mississippi Nov. 16 to share his insights on Civil War remembrance as part of the Gilder-Jordan Lecture in Southern History. David Blight will discuss his latest book, “American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil […]

Civil War Letter Book Reveals Common, Daily Issues of Military Life


Dr. John Neff Helps Shine Light on Confederate Spy Belle Edmondson

The cloak and dagger life of a spy will always thrill and draw us to learn more about their escapade. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Ole Miss Treasures spotlights Confederate spy, Belle Edmondson. In this video, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Civil War Research […]

Civil War Provides Lessons for the Future

On April 12, 1861, the bloodiest war on United States soil began when the Confederate army attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina. What followed is one of the darkest periods in American history. Cities were destroyed, and over 620,000 soldiers died, plus many more civilians. Nearly four years later on April 9, 1865, the Civil […]

Memphis Couple Donates Rare Civil War Books

 Dr. D.J. Canale of Memphis, a retired neurosurgeon, has spent years collecting rare books related to Civil War history, particularly the medical treatment of soldiers in the field. The medical historian and his wife, Janet, have donated their collection to the University of Mississippi to be available to other historians, researchers and the general public. […]

Oct. 13-15 Civil War Conference Addresses Multiple Issues Leading to War

Focusing on a variety of issues that propelled that nation into a bloody four-year conflict, the fifth annual Civil War conference at the University of Mississippi coincides this year with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s 1860 election and the beginning of the secession crisis. This year’s conference, titled “And the War Came,” is set for […]