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.
Military Park - General's Monument and Battlefield Walking Trail
dedicated, April 21, 2007.
A walking trail on the Raymond
battlefield—an asphalt ribbon that will encircle the 23.6 acre Friends
of Raymond tract located at Fourteenmile Creek west of modern
Highway 18—is now completed.
Jerry McWilliams Unveils Portrait of Randal
Jerry McWilliams, local
artist nationally recognized for his Civil War paintings, recently
unveiled his painting of Colonel Randal McGavock: God’s Own
Dedication: In Their Own Words: Soldiers Tell The Story Of The
Battle Of Raymond, feature article by Mary Ann Keith as printed in the Hinds
County Gazette. Interview with Rebecca Drake on her new book
donated to Friends of Raymond for battlefield preservation.
DARLING: Songs of the Civil War, feature article in the Hinds County Gazette
on October 7, 1999. The article highlights Lester Senter, Jackson
concert artist, and her new CD, SOMEBODY'S
DARLING: Songs of the Civil War, The CD is donated to Friends of
Raymond for battlefield preservation.
- Drake's Donate Book: The Battle of Raymond and
Other Collected Stories
- Video Tells
Story of the Battle of Raymond, Reprinted from the Hinds County Gazette,
Thursday, November 22, 2001.
- Re-enactments. Friends of Raymond and
Stanford's Mississippi Battery hosted re-enactments of the Battles
of Raymond, Jackson, and Champion Hill in May 1998 and May 2001.
The events were the largest of their kind ever staged in
Receives The William D. McCain Publication Award, SCV. On Saturday, June 8th,
2002, the Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans
presented Rebecca Drake the McCain Literary Award for her
contributions toward preserving Mississippi's Civil War history.
The award was presented at the 105th Reunion held in Vicksburg.
Historic Dillon's Plantation Acquired
By Natchez Trace Parkway.
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.
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.
Battlefield Property Paid Off!
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.