On 30 September 1962, when a deal was reached between Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett and U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy to allow James Meredith to enroll at the University of Mississippi, a riot broke out on campus which lasted well into the next morning. In the early hours of October 1, 1962 a young University of Mississippi student, Curtis Wilkie, wrote to his family after witnessing many of the tumultuous events of the previous evening. He accompanied the letter with a detailed map of many of the most significant events of the night.
On September 20, 1918, Lt. Allan Boyce Adams, a young soldier from Claremont, MS, wrote to his mother from France describing his satisfaction at having enlisted in the war early, although his sentiments were tempered due to his disappointment at being sent away from the Western front lines to become an instructor. Adams perfectly summed up his feelings by writing, "I am glad, I have always been glad that I came over when I did. There is no news of importance here. The war is going good except I am dissatisfied when away from my out-fit."
Yellow Fever in Mississippi in 1899
During the 19th century, the American South experienced waves of devastating yellow fever outbreaks, with Mississippi being no exception. According to historian Deanne Stephens Nuwer, the 1878 epidemic cost the lives of over 4,000 Mississippians, decimating the population of towns such as Holly Springs and Vicksburg. The disease made several reappearances in the state continuing through the early 20th century.