Meridian Star

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February 13, 2014

Reception to highlight 150-year anniversary of Sherman's march

MERIDIAN —     Guest speakers will talk about the 150 year anniversary of Union Gen. Tecumseh Sherman's 1864 march through Meridian at 3 p.m. Friday at Merrehope.

    The public is invited to attend the Recognition Reception at Merrehope, which was built in 1858 and is located at 905 Martin Luther King Drive in Meridian.

    "In 1864, Union General Sherman marched through Meridian burning and looting everything in sight," according to a Merrehope press release. "Only six structures remained when Sherman proudly exclaimed 'Meridian no longer exists' and the cottage built by Juriah McLemore and her husband  was one of those structures. It stands today as the original structure around which the beautiful and historic Merrehope has been built.   

    On Feb. 14, 1968, the women of Meridian formed The Meridian Restorations Foundation and begun the acquisition and restoration of historic properties including the Tibbets house, which is now known as Merrehope.    

    The reception will feature Britt Gully and Scott McQuaig entertaining with “Songs of the South.” Speakers will include Rep. Greg Snowden, a Civil War historian who will outline Sherman’s march through Mississippi to Meridian.

    Meridian historian Fonda Rush will discuss the history of the home, especially the original structure which served as the headquarters for Confederate generals Johnston and Polk.  

    Merrehope has been chosen as the site of  one of the 10 markers to be erected on the newly established Meridian Civil War Trail.

    Light refreshments will be served and tours of the recently opened original part of the home will be given by hostesses.

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