Upcoming Calendar of Historic Jefferson College
Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Historic Jefferson College.
The seventh annual Black and Blue Civil War Living History Encampment will take place on Saturday, October 25, at Historic Jefferson College. Reenactors tell the story of the African American experience during the Civil War in Adams County. This year’s event features the 3rd U. S. Colored Cavalry, who will parade and demonstrate a cavalry fight. The Cavalry was first organized at Vicksburg in October of 1863 as the First Mississippi Cavalry (African Descent).
The living history event will begin at 11 a.m. with a teach-in session about the 3rd U. S. Colored Cavalry and U. S. Colored Troops in the Mississippi Valley. At 1 p.m. reenactors will present the history behind the Cavalry. The parade and historical cavalry fight begin at 3 p.m.
There is no charge for any of the events. The Black and Blue Civil War Living History Encampment is sponsored by MDAH and the Friends of Forks of the Roads Society, Inc. For more information contact Ser Boxley at 601-442-4719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 30, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Historic Jefferson College.
Families are invited out to HJC to hear (not too) spooky tales around the bonfire at 6:30 p.m. After the ghost tales, people are invited to participate in an after-dark, Halloween-themed rubber duck hunt. Bring a chair or blanket and a flashlight. Free of charge, and you get to keep the ducks.
For more information call 601-442-2901.
Saturday–Sunday, November 8–9, at Historic Jefferson College.
Reenactors from around the south gather to recreate Wirt Adams' raid into Natchez. The public is welcome to attend and watch the festivities as both "Yankees" and "Rebs" reenact the battle in the “bowl.” There’ll be plenty of cannons and black-powder muskets firing, cavalry galloping and infantry advancing! For more information call 601-442-2901.
The reenactment is based on Confederate General Wirt Adams and his men’s battle with Federal forces south of Natchez on Dec. 7, 1863. On Dec. 3, 1863, Wirt Adams brought a force of 1,069 men to the outskirts of Washington and encamped. From there, he sent scouts into Union-occupied Natchez to see if it could be taken.
They reported that there were 2,700 troops, both white and colored, and cannons guarded all the approaches and that this was too much for them to launch a successful attack on the city. Adams then made his way to Kingston, and then to Ellis Cliffs, where he was going to harass river traffic. By Dec. 6, the Federals knew of Adams’ presence and sent a cavalry force of 1,500 horsemen to attack the Rebels.
Adams was informed of the forth-coming attack, and he moved first in an offense against the Yankees on the morning of Dec. 7. The Union troops were caught completely off guard, and were forced to make a hasty retreat back to their cannons and fortifications in Natchez.
December 4–30 at Historic Jefferson College. Local school groups and home educators adopt Christmas trees and decorate them for class projects. For more information call 601-442-2901.