Battlefield Preservation
Friends of Raymond


Friends of Raymond, was founded in 1998 as a not-for-profit organization supported by concerned citizens, public agencies, elected officials, businesses and other groups dedicated to the preservation, management, and promotion of significant Raymond historical areas.

Battlefield Preservation

Ed Bearss, Historian Emeritus, National Park Service, pays a visit to the Raymond battlefield. Accompanied by Jim Drake, webmaster for the Battle of Raymond, Ed enjoyed seeing the new walking trail and signage.


  • Historic Dillon's Plantation Acquired By Natchez Trace Parkway. Thursday, January 9, 2003, A 470-acre farm that includes the headquarters site of Union Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman during key battles in Mississippi during the Civil War was transferred to the National Park Service to become part of the Natchez Trace Parkway during a transfer ceremony held in the historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Raymond.

  • Texas Monument Dedicated.
    Saturday, May 4, 2002, A large crowd assembled to witness history in the making as the Austin Civil War Round Table and the Texas Historical Commission formally dedicated a monument on the Raymond Battlefield. The monument was placed in honor of the Seventh Texas Infantry who fought and died in Raymond on May 12, 1863.

  • Ribbon Cutting for Endangered Battlefield. Friends of Raymond dedicated the newly purchased core portion of the battlefield on November 28, 1998. Reprinted from the Hinds County Gazette.

  • Civil War Preservation Trust Names Raymond in Top Ten Most Endangered Battlefields. Reprinted from the Hinds County Gazette, Thursday, March 15, 2001.

  • Raymond Battlefield Receives Grant. Hinds County Gazette, November 25, 1999. On Friday, November 19, 1999, members of the Civil War preservation Trust met on the Raymond Battlefield to present Friends of Raymond with a ceremonial check for $15,000. The grant money is designated to help with the purchase and interpretation of the Raymond Battlefield.

  • Ride With Generals: Friends of Raymond. A Founder's Monument, featuring the names of those who joined Friends of Raymond with the rank of General, will be placed near the entrance of the Raymond Military Park.

  • Raymond Battlefield Property Paid Off!
    Hinds County Gazette, January 17, 2001. Friends of Raymond is proud to announce that the organization has liquidated the loan for the 1998 purchase of 40 acres of endangered battlefield in Raymond. The land is now owned by Friends of Raymond and is debt-free.

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