From press reports
Winston Guards No. 2643 Mississippi Division United Daughters of the
Confederacy met in the Colonial Room at Lake Tiak O’Khata on February
4, 2013 at 5:30pm.
Hostess for the meeting were Connie Faye Estes and Eve Haggard. The
tables were covered with white tablecloths and red napkins. Each
table held large clear hurricane globes and lighted red candles that
were placed of mirrors surrounded by red shredded paper. The head
table featured red stem glass and mirrors. The center of the tables
was strewn with red foil wrapped chocolates and fluted cups filled
with Valentine candy.
Frances Woodruff, President, called the meeting to order and Ruby
Rogers, Chaplain, opened the meeting with a prayer. After the
meeting, Pat Parrish, Mississippi Division UDC Registrar, was our
speaker. Her topic was “The Period during Reconstruction and the
Finding of her Confederate ancestor”. In February 1864, Vicksburg had
fallen and Sherman was marching across Mississippi with the best
horses that were to be had from Tennessee. Jackson had been burned
and was nicknamed “Chimneyville”. Sherman ad destroyed the rail
centers and burned Brandon and Morton. Sherman camped in Hillsboro
the county seat of Scott County. He met his match in the Tuscameda
swamp. He headed toward Conehatta and Decatur destroying and foraging
as he went. He burned part of Decatur. He burned Lake and went on
to Duffy and Meridian.
He waited on Smith, his cavalry leader, who was being chased across
North Mississippi by Forrest. Sherman went back to camp, raid and
forage for food and animals. Joseph Wesley Sessions, Pat’s Great
Grandfather, was a Confederate soldier in Captain Berry’s Company and
was on his way to his homeplace in Duffy to visit when he encountered
Sherman in the process of raiding it. He hid in the cemetery rather
than risk discovery by Sherman and his men. He never forgot what he saw.
After the speaker, Frances led the members in the pledges, salutes
and ritual. Judy Goodin read the minutes and they were approved as
read. There was no treasurer’s report. Frances reminded the members
of the handouts and newsletters.
Frances gave us a report on her recent trip to Greenwood and the
Delta Museum, formerly Cottonlandia Museum, to see the new Grant’s
Yazoo campaign. The meeting adjourned with the members holding hands
and singing “Bless Be The Tie That Binds”.