OUR TOWN CELEBRATION
The John B. Ingram Camp participates in Jacksons
annual Our Town celebration, with a living history demonstration. Our Camp
is honored to be asked to help teach our citizen about our local history,
and how that dreadful war affected our city and country.
LIVING HISTORY IN
Each year, our members and volunteers spend
many hours in local schools, both public and private, teaching our young
people about our history. Characters include-
GEN. ALEX CAMPBELL
A local C.S.A. officer wounded at Shilol
who returned from the war to become one of Jackson's leading citizens
AUNT BECCA CAMPBELL
A Jackson family servant who lived through Jackson's occupation by troops
of both armies, and tells young people about the life of a slave. It was
Aunt Becca who nursed Gen. Alex Campbell back to health from his war wounds.
DR. Wm BUTLER
The Farther of Jackson, and a nephew of Pres.
Andrew Jackson. Dr Butler served at New Orleans as a surgeon, and equipped
a company of C.S.A. Troops from personal funds.
MARY CARTNELL BOND
A local citizen who stayed with the family
home while her family's men served in the war. Her brother died, her husband's
health forever ruined.
A CIVIL WAR PRIVATE
Portraying either a confederate or a union
soldier, this character helps us realize how hard the life of a soldier
was, and just what these men endured.
RIVERSIDE CEMETERY TOUR
Each year the camp presents local history
as first person characters tell their stores of life in early Jackson.
Over 180 Confederate Veterans rest here, most of them unknown. With characters
telling the history of all of Jackson's citizens, black & white, rich
& poor, young & old, this annual project has helped our city realize
the great heritage we share. Proceeds are used to help preserve this beautiful
historic public cemetery.
RIVERSIDE CEMETERY GRAVE PRESERVATION
Jackson's oldest public cemetery is the final
resting place of most of our city founders, How ever it is also the victim
of vandals & thieves. In the past year, volunteers from this camp,
along with others concerned citizens, helped repair a number of vandalized
& broken stoned, as well as helping make site repairs. A future project
is to help mark & commemorate the graves of some 140 unknown Confederate
dead who rest there.