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Raymond
Hinds County, Mississippi

ZipCodes
39154




Page Contents for Raymond, Mississippi

Statistics & Facts

Location

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Government

Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.

Libraries.

Schools.



Statistics & Facts

The Mississippi state capital is Jackson.
The population of Raymond is approximately 2,275 (1990), 1933 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 477 (1990), 448 (2010).
The amount of land area in Raymond is 2.588 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Raymond to Washington DC is 906 miles.
The distance to the Mississippi state capital is 13 miles. (as the crow flies)
Raymond is positioned 32.26 degrees north of the equator and 90.42 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Location

slightly southwest of Jackson
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History & History Related Items

Raymond was the site of a decisive battle in the Grant's Vicksburg Campaign, May 12, 1863. It has many antebellum homes and historical sites, including a beautiful antebellum Courthouse.

Established in 1829 as the county seat of Hinds County, Raymond has a rich and colorful history. As a stop along the Natchez Trace, the town quickly became a bustling trade center, complete with lawyers and physicians. It even boasted of its own mineral spa. The magnificent courthouse, built in 1859 before the outbreak of the Civil War, is one of the finest examples of Southern architecture. Raymond was the site of a decisive battle in the Siege of Vicksburg. Some of its many antebellum homes and churches were used as hospitals and headquarters by Grant's advancing army.

A history page for Raymond.
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Attractions

Raymond is the home of Hinds Community College, the largest community college in Mississippi with an enrollment of over 14,000 students.

We are proud of our rich heritage and we are poised for the future. Raymond offers an ideal place to live or visit. We invite you to visit our town or take a tour on our web page at www.raymondms.com

City Tour of homes and attractions
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Raymond City Government

City of Raymond - official website.

City of Raymond
114 Courtyard Square
Raymond, MS 39154
Phone: (601) 857-8041

Raymond is the county seat for the Second Judicial District of Hinds County.

Raymond Historical Events

1863, May 12
The Battle of Raymond
Following the Union victory at Grand Gulf and Port Gibson, Grant moved his army in a northeasterly direction toward Raymond, using the Big Black River to protect Major General John A. McClernand's corps on the Union left. Major General William T. Sherman was in the center and Major General James B. McPherson on the right. Grant planned to strike the Southern Railroad of Mississippi between Vicksburg and Jackson and isolate Vicksburg by cutting Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton's supply and communications line.

On May 12 Major General McPherson's XVII Corps was marching along the Utica Road southeast of Raymond in the valley of Fourteen-mile Creek when about 10:00 a.m. its skirmish line was suddenly hit by the deadly fire of Brigadier General John Gregg's battle-hardened Confederate brigade. The three guns of Captain Hiram Bledsoe's Missouri battery, positioned to cover the bridge across the creek, also opened fire on the Federals at a range of 1,000 yards.

Gregg had though his 4,000 men could turn the Federal right flank. Faulty intelligence informed him he was facing a small force. When the 50th Tennessee Infantry crossed Fourteen-mile Creek, they realized instead that McPherson had 12,000 men before them. While thick clouds of smoke and dust obscured the field, Gregg met initial success as his regiments attacked across the creek en echelon to the left. The Federals checked the attack by early afternoon and counterattacked.

Union brigades continued to arrive on the field and deployed on both sides of the Utica Road, massing 22 pieces of artillery along the ridge to support the infantry. They pushed forward at 1:30 p.m. and drove the Confederates back across Fourteen-mile Creek. The fighting was confused because neither commander knew the location of his units. Union strength finally broke the Confederate right flank along the Utica Road and the battle ended with Gregg's retreat through Raymond.

Raymond Chamber

Raymond Chamber of Commerce
114 Courtyard Square
Raymond, MS 39154
Phone: (601) 857-8942

Raymond Community Events

Annual Event
Battle of Raymond Re-enactment
Information on the 2001 Reenactment of the Battle of Raymond

Raymond Organizations

Raymond Chamber of Commerce
114 Courtyard Square
Raymond, MS 39154
Phone: (601) 857-8942

Raymond Libraries

In keeping with the advances of technology, the library has made available to the public the use of the Sirsi automated library catalog and the Internet. Through the statewide MAGNOLIA project via the Internet, other databases such as EbscoHost, CARL Novelist, IAC First Search, Gale's Contemporary Literacy Criticism and Wilson Biographies are offered.
Patrons also have the services of the Interlibrary Loan Department to assist them in finding the materials they need. Materials that are not owned by the Jackson/Hinds Library System may be requested from other libraries through this service.
The Raymond Library is a part of a growing community and is striving to grow with the community it serves. Our goals are to provide quality information services in a variety of formats as well as to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of patrons. Programs for all ages are presented throughout the year. Of interest are the summer programs for children. : The Raymond Public Library
Located on Court Street in the Courthouse Annex
Raymond, Mississippi
Phone: (601) 857-8721
Hours: Hours: 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Librarian: Margaret A. Bell, Head Librarian (11-2000)
The Raymond Library is one of fifteen branches of the Jackson/Hinds Library System. The library offers a wide range of materials and services to persons of all ages. Books, videocassettes, audiocassettes, and kits make up the collection of 24,885 items to date. Also, within the library's collection are current periodicals and a large Civil War collection.

Raymond Schools

Hinds Community College
Educating students on its six campuses, HCC offers quality programs and services to the residents of Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Rankin and Warren counties

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