Ashland, Jefferson County, Mississippi

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Ashland, Mississippi
Unincorporated community
Ashland is located in Mississippi
Ashland
Ashland
Ashland is located in the US
Ashland
Ashland
Coordinates: 31°48′01″N 91°20′53″W / 31.80028°N 91.34806°W / 31.80028; -91.34806Coordinates: 31°48′01″N 91°20′53″W / 31.80028°N 91.34806°W / 31.80028; -91.34806
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Jefferson
Elevation 72 ft (22 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID 691671[1]

Ashland (also Ashland Landing) is a ghost town in Jefferson County, Mississippi, United States.[1]

Ashland was located directly on the Mississippi River.

Deception of President-elect Taylor[edit]

Ashland was located near Cypress Grove Plantation, purchased in 1840 by future United States president Zachary Taylor.[2] After being elected president in 1849, the large and elegant steamer Tennessee was sent to pick Taylor up at Ashland Landing and transport him to Vicksburg to attend several receptions. It went unnoticed in the pre-dawn hours that the steamer Saladin had arrived in Ashland Landing before the Tennessee. Tom Coleman, Saladin's 24-year-old captain, was a Taylor family friend who wanted the honor of transporting the president-elect to Vicksburg. When aides discovered the deception, they woke Taylor, who had been sleeping in Saladin's stateroom. Taylor laughed and stated that the Tennessee would catch up at Vicksburg and he could transfer there.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ashland
  2. ^ Nelson, Stanley (August 6, 2014). "Taylor's Cypress Grove Plantation". Ouachita Citizen. 
  3. ^ Bragg, Marion (1977). Historic Names and Places on the Lower Mississippi River (PDF). Mississippi River Commission. p. 181.