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Collection Number: M356
Dates: ca. 1932 - 1995
Volume: ca. 11 cubic feet
Dale Sallis Fleming was born September 26, 1912 in Attala County, Mississippi.
Before World War II, Mr. Fleming worked as a high school teacher in Bolivar
and Jasper Counties until he enlisted in the Army. He served in the Philippine
Islands and in the Occupation Army of Japan. Upon returning home, he was hired
by the Veteran's Administration of Jackson, Mississippi, working in Medical
Rehabilitation. He served twenty months of active duty in the Korean Conflict,
spending some time in France. Mr. Fleming retired from the Mississippi National
Guard following the service in France, but retained his duties at the Veteran's
Administration for many years.
After Pearl's death in the early 1970s, Mr. Fleming continued his passion for the Civil War. He spoke several times at meetings of the Jackson Civil War Round Table, Inc., with topics ranging from "The Army of 1000" to "The Campaigns of Jackson". He also attended various Civil War dedications and presentations throughout the state.
Mr. Fleming married his second wife, Mary Dell Hearn from Holmes, Mississippi in the late 1970s. They lived together in Jackson until his death on July 31, 1997.
Contents of the Collection
The Dale S. Fleming Papers are composed of newspaper clippings, notes, drafts and research dating from 1932 to 1995. The majority of the collection consists of research and drafts of the weekly newspaper column, "This Week", written by Mr. Fleming and his wife, Pearl, for the Jackson newspaper, The Clarion Ledger, from 1961 to 1965. The column "This Week" chronicles the Civil War by giving a weekly account of significant political, economic, and military occurrences in Mississippi from secession in December 1861 to the beginnings of Reconstruction in May 1865.
Earlier writings include college notes, essays, assignments, and Mr. Fleming's master's thesis, "The Development of the Elementary and Secondary Schools in Mississippi During the Reconstruction Period 1865-1875". Materials dated after 1965 are mainly drafts for speeches, notes, newspaper clippings, and other materials pertaining to the Civil War. Also included is a scrapbook containing a collection of newspaper articles from the late 1930s to the early 1940s on a variety of topics.
Series 1 and 4 are arranged chronologically. Series 2 and 3 are arranged alphabetically according to the subject matter. Series 5, 6, and 7 are arranged in the order in which they arrived.
This collection contains a comprehensive and objective look at the Civil War in Mississippi. Anyone researching this time period in Mississippi's history would find ample information. Students of history and journalism would benefit from the writings of Mr. Fleming.
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