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Civil War historian Dr. Sid Bondurant, who once practised medicine in Grenada, holds up a Minie ball, used as ammunition by Confederate and Union soldiers.

Staff Writer

   A historian, well-known to folks around the Lake City, briefed the Lions’ Club recently about Grenada’s role in Civil War history.
   Dr. Sid Bondurant advised that some 25,000 Confederate troops arrived in Grenada in December of 1862. They were retreating from the offensive launched by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant after the Battle of Corinth.
   “The remains of numerous Confederate forts are still visible in Grenada,” Bondurant said.
   Two of the forts are on Army Corps of Engineers land, Bondurant said. Another is located on Springhill Road, not far behind the pool hall.
   The location of the remains of another fort may surprise some people.
   “It’s in the Thimmes subdivision,” said Bondurant. “The name of the street is Fort Drive, and if you look at the very end of it, you can see some remnants.”
   A careful observer can also see the remnants of a Confederate battle trench in Holcomb, Bondurant said.
   Traveling north on Highway 35, the trench is located in the Yalobusha River bottom. An observer traveling north can see the trench by looking westward.
   Futheyville is also home to the remains of two forts, Bondurant said.

For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.

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