By Kathryn Tucker Windham
Debts of ghostly and religious happenings at 13 destinations all through Mississippi.
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On his way home, as soon as he landed in North Carolina, he was captured and imprisoned aboard ship at Old Point Comfort. Escaping, he made his way to Canada. In Canada he met an entertaining man named John Wilkes Booth. This casual acquaintanceship with Booth later pointed suspicion to the Mississippi officer when President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, but Colonel Gordon was able to prove his innocence. These events delayed Colonel Gordon's receipt of the letter which told him, "Uncle Eb is dead.
Nobody is quite sure what the young woman's first name was, though it is generally accepted that her last name was McGehee. It would almost have to be: McGehees have lived at Cold Spring for more than a century and a quarter, seven generations of them. Perhaps, they say, she was the daughter of Edward McGehee who, with his wife (the former Miss Anna B. Carter) moved to Cold Spring plantation in February, 1845. Shortly before The War, about 1859 or 1860, the story goes, Miss McGehee (some storytellers insist her name was Page 20 Catherine) fell foolishly and happily and completely in love with a young man whom she met at a holiday party at her grandfather's home, Bowling Green, near Woodville.
This time the quiet was broken by the bellowing of alligators. "Ugly creatures! " Hare stormed. Their cries sounded like the wailing of children. Hare had heard many children cry, too many. This time a visit to Pensacola provided the release Hare required. Once again he played the gentleman. He and his friends entertained at a fancy ball (he wrote in his journal that it cost them $300) to which the entire Spanish garrison town was invited. Hare's hospitality was profitable: when he and his confederates were arrested on suspicion of being American spies, men who had been guests at the ball came to their aid and persuaded the authorities to free them.
13 Mississippi Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham