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‘Old Hickory’ one part of city’s history

When history is discussed in Natchez, most of us harken back to the decade or two prior to the Civil War.

That’s the era when Natchez boomed and the enormous wealth was created through cotton production and slave labor.

And, quite frankly, it’s what has made us famous and why thousands of visitors flock to the city each year.

But it’s not our only history. Some of Natchez’s most interesting history predates the glorious antebellum era. Each period of our history offers a unique look at the city and its place in American history.

Tonight and through Sunday, history buffs — and casual observers — will see a rare treat. Natchez will celebrate its early 19th century history, as Gen. Andrew Jackson will lead troops out of Natchez as he did in 1813.

The scene will begin when troops march through downtown Natchez and continue at Historic Jefferson College over the weekend.

It’s easy to forget just how important our corner of the world was to Mississippi during that time period. Washington — just north of Natchez proper — was the capital of the territory.

And, the Expedition to Natchez in 1813 was when Jackson — who would later become our nation’s seventh president — earned his nickname “Old Hickory.”

We’ve always thought that Jackson seemed to fit Natchez well. He was tough and unwavering, like Natchez’s people.

This weekend modern Natchez residents will get a unique opportunity to see part of Natchez’s fascinating history come to life. We hope the event is packed in honor of Jackson’s great memory.