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Union Lt. John Spain, left, hands Brent Mitchell's gun back to him during inspections before the start of the Battle of Brice's Crossroads reenactment Saturday afternoon in Baldwyn.

By Kayla Carpenter Special to the Daily Journal BALDWYN – Dense smoke rolled from the tubes of cannons as horses galloped and soldiers clashed on the Brice’s Crossroads Battlefield where thousands of spectators and re-enactors gathered Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battles of Brice’s Crossroads and Tupelo. An hour-long battle ensued as […]

By Kayla Carpenter Special to the Daily Journal BALDWYN – This Father’s Day is special for the Sweney Family. More than 150 years ago, Charles (Charley) Sweney, who was a part of the 27th Iowa, Company K, was wounded at the Battle of Tupelo/Old Town Creek. Today, on the 150th anniversary of these two battles, […]

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Larry Pickens with Post 5573 of Starkville, center, shakes hands with State Commander Bill Perkins as he receives the Patriot's Pen award on behalf of his post during the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mississippi convention at the Summit Center on Friday.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Veterans began gathering at the Summit in Tupelo on Friday for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mississippi convention. “Really, it’s just good fellowship with members of different posts,” said Tom Simpson, 65, of Iuka. Official business includes installing officers, amending bylaws and handing out awards. Tupelo’s Tom […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Thursday that Iraq will need more help from the United States as it seeks to push back a violent Islamic insurgency that has captured two key cities and threatens to press toward Baghdad. Obama did not specify what type of assistance the […]

JACKSON (AP) – Patients seeking care through the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical center in Jackson are waiting an average of 45 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor – about three times longer than the department’s goal. A report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the average wait […]

By Matthew Daly Associated Press WASHINGTON – More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling and requesting them, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday. It’s not just a numbers problem. […]

For the past three years, Anthony Ryder has been damage controlman first class for the USS Bataan, which began an eight-month deployment in February. (Courtesy)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal MEDITERRANEAN SEA – Since February, Anthony Ryder has spent most of his days and nights surrounded by open ocean. He’s been in the Navy some 27 years, so he’s used to it by now. “Unless by chance we pull into some port, that’s the way it is,” he said […]

By Julie Pace and Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON – The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – Seeking to turn the page on more than a decade of war, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday for greatly reducing U.S. forces in Afghanistan by the end of the year and then ending the U.S. military commitment by the end of 2016. “We have now […]