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April 6, 1893 - Holly Springs Reporter

Mr. J. C. ATKINSON, an old and highly respected citizen of Holly Springs, died at Jackson in the lunatic asylum Sunday night last, and was buried Monday by the Robert A. Smith Camp of Confederate Veterans. He served with conspicuous gallantry in the War Between the States on the Confederate side and was a Lt. in Col. Holder's 17th Miss Regt. Peace to his ashes.

The Gray Ghost, July-Aug 1996

March 3, 1898 - Holly Springs Reporter

The vets are ready to go (either to war or to the cemetery). Excitement over the warlike attitude of our country and Spain has reached and aroused the "Old Vets" of 61. Capt. W.G. Ford, Commander of Kit Mott Camp No. 23, U.C.V., of this city has tendered the services of his camp in case they are needed. The following is the text of his communication: "Headquarters Camp Kit Mott No. 23, UCV, Holly Springs, MS, Feb. 25, 1898. To Col. Sam Pryor, Inspector Genl., Miss Division UCVA. " Col. - In case of war with Spain, and the Miss. Division of Confederate Veterans are called upon to again defend their rights and preserve American honor, I hereby tender through you to Major Gen. Holder, Commander Miss Division UCV, the services of Kit Mott Camp No. 23 UCVA."
W.G. Ford, Capt. Commanding

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