OH, MR. DAVIS Confederate president’s speech to be re-enacted

Published 12:00 pm Monday, February 7, 2011

When Jefferson Davis left Warren County in 1861 on his way to be sworn in as the only president of the Confederate States of America, he is believed to have made a speech on the lawn of the county’s courthouse.

On Saturday, 150 years later, that speech will be re-enacted at the same spot, at the Old Court House Museum – Eva W. Davis Memorial as part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War.

The Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is hosting the re-enactment that marks the beginning of the Warren County resident’s weeklong trip to Montgomery, Ala., where he accepted the presidency.

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“Vicksburg is the starting point,” said Larry McCluney, an SCV national officer in Greenwood. “Vicksburg was the first place he tried his inaugural speech that he gave in Montgomery.”

A re-enactment of Davis’ actual inaugural speech will take place in Montgomery on Feb. 19.

McCluney said events will mirror what history marked during that period.