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Further Recommendations for Sites of University History

  • This form is intended for public input about two additional sites of university history put forth for consideration in the final report of the CACHC. These two sites — the Ventress Hall stained-glass windows and the Confederate Cemetery and related memorial — are in addition to the Phase 1 recommendations already accepted by the chancellor.

    Since these two additional sites were not included in Phase I and not formally considered by the university community, public input is being sought prior to taking any action related to these two items. The public review and comment period will be open until July 31, 2017.

    Please carefully and thoughtfully review the proposed recommendations on these two sites in Section B of the final report in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the projects.

    Thank you for your input.
  • 1. Recommended contextualization for the Ventress Hall stained-glass windows.

  • In 1889, the Psi chapter of the Delta Gamma Club gave a memorial to the University of Mississippi campus. The memorial honored the “University Greys,” a name that referred to Company A of the 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army. This Company was primarily composed of students from the University who left their alma mater on May 1, 1861.

    The memorial in the form of a stained-glass window from the Tiffany Glass Company, New York, was placed here in the University Library in 1891. The $506.50 cost was raised by the Delta Gamma Club and the University Alumni Society.

    The window, twelve feet high and nine feet wide, was designed to have three main panels. The first panel depicts the students drilling as soldiers in front of Barnard Observatory. The middle panel portrays a battle scene, with the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia flying amid the carnage. Some newspaper reports stated that the battle scene was the first battle the “Greys” fought at First Manassas. However, the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia was not present at that early battle. Others believe the battle scene is the famous Pickett’s Charge on the third day of the battle of Gettysburg, in which the “University Greys” suffered one hundred percent casualties — killed, wounded, or captured. The third panel depicts the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

    The smaller panels include the Delta Gamma anchor, the Psi chapter’s symbol, and the Latin phrase, “Pietate Alumnorum,” in honor of the University of Mississippi alumni who served in the Civil War.
  • 2. Recommendations regarding the Confederate Cemetery and related recognition of the U.S. Colored Troops from Lafayette County who served in the Civil War

  • First, the committee recommends a project to raise the understanding of the Confederate Cemetery site as it connects to the role the University played as a hospital during the Civil War. The project would entail restoring the individual markers that once marked the graves of those who died in the hospital during that time to recognize their sacrifice. Second, the committee recommends a project to recognize individuals from the local community who served in the Union Army as part of the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, acknowledging their efforts to bring secession and slavery to an end. (see p. 37 of the CACHC Final Report)
 

Verification

 

To view the Phase II online form created in February 2017 to solicit public input on content and format, please click here.

To view the Phase I online form created in August 2016 to solicit public input on physical sites on the Oxford campus to be considered for contextualization, please click here.