To Live Forever Tour Stop: The Battle of Raymond
Lots of Civil War battles were fought along the Natchez Trace. Including the Battle of Raymond, just south of Jackson, Mississippi. When I parted the scrub and stepped onto the battlefield, I didn’t hear Union and Confederate cannon fire, didn’t watch the Southern army fail to repel US Grant’s Yankee troops.
I was interested in a different war. The one the United States lost (as any Canadian will tell you.)
The Natchez Trace was used as a supply line in the Southern theater during the War of 1812. I remember reading about Andrew Jackson‘s brazen defeat of the British at the Battle of New Orleans. I never heard about the crushing losses along the northern border. The one we share with Canada.
The War of 1812 gave me a forgotten piece of Trace history to highlight.
I took the liberties of a novelist and moved the Raymond Battlefield about 75 miles north, to Kosciusko. When Merry and Em heard cannon fire, it was possible that it was a War of 1812 muster. They still occur along the Natchez Trace today. The tactics. The uniforms. The weaponry. All would have been familiar to Meriwether Lewis, who died a short three years before.
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