By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – A website unveiled Thursday at Mississippi State University is a portal to happenings around the state with the Mississippi Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
The site is meant to be a dynamic place where others will insert listings and information, said Dean Frances Coleman, head of MSU libraries.
“We’re proud to house this project that is part of preserving our history and projects a positive image of our state,” Coleman said. “It’s been a partnership with the Commission, the university and Dr. Marszalek of the Ulysses S. Grant Association.”
Since 2009, MSU has been home to the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection, with John Marszalek as executive director and editor, so having the university provide staff support to the sesquicentennial commission was a natural fit. The university offered several months ago to provide free support services to the commission.
“This couldn’t have happened without lots of cooperation by faculty and staff,” Coleman said. “The website will link to other organizations and agencies and their events, and also provide an excellent opportunity for educators and their students to do research. We’re looking forward to expanding it.”
The link between MSU and the Civil War Sesquicentennial is further reinforced through ties to the university’s first president, Gen. Stephen D. Lee, said MSU President Mark Keenum.
“Gen. Lee and Gen. Grant were combatants at arms at the Battle of Fort Sumter in the first conflict of the Civil War,” Keenum said. “When people comment about the irony of Grant’s papers in Mississippi, I don’t see anything peculiar about that at all. There’s probably not another state in the country that contributed more to propelling his career than Mississippi.”
On the web
■ Mississippi Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission mscivilwar150.com