The Letter (Version 1)
The Letter (Version 2)
| This letter raises
many questions concerning New Albany's history. The first that arises is exactly
where was Elizabeth's house located? Was it inside the city limits or out?
I would make an "educated" guess that it was probably along the "Ripley Pontotoc
Road" now known as "Old Highway 15" and probably not far from the Tallahatchie
River. I have no idea of exactly where this road originally crossed the river,
but I would like to find out. I also found it interesting that she hoped
that the Yankees would bypass New Albany on their way to Ripley by "cutting
the corner" at Ellistown. What road could this have been? And how did the
Yankees march to Tupelo from New Albany? Along the "Wilson Trace"? If anyone
has any old maps or information that might clear up some of these questions
please let me know.
And a special thanks goes to Joe Mercer of Memphis, Tennessee, for sending me a copy of this letter. He welcomes e-mail queries concerning the history of Union and Tippah counties.
July 18, 1999
Union County MSGenWeb Coordinator
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