Dr. Nancy Dupont presented her paper “An Inherited Passion for the Union: Willie Morris’s Ancestor in the 1860 Fight Against Secession” at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War and Free Expression in Chattanooga Nov. 12, 2010.
Willie Morris wrote and spoke frequently about how proud he was of his great-grandfather who opposed secession in the pages of his newspaper The Hinds County Gazette. George W. Harper started the Gazette shortly before the Civil War, and the paper continues to this day making it the second-oldest continually-publishing newspaper in Mississippi. Dupont investigated whether the stories Morris told about Harper were true.
The answer: some were and some weren’t.
This is the seventh paper Dupont has presented at the symposium.