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Apr 20, 2014 2:10 PM by AP

Marker honors role of county in 1812 war

HOLMESVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Historical Society president Malcolm Allen unveiled this week a historical marker at the old courthouse in Holmesville commemorating Pike County's role in the War of 1812.

The Enterprise-Journal reports Allen says the county's role in the war began with British interference in U.S. maritime trade and ended in 1815 with the Battle of New Orleans.

That was the same year that Pike County was established and named in honor of Gen. Zebulon Pike, who died in the war. Holmesville, which was briefly the county seat, was named for Maj. Andrew Hunter Holmes, who also died in the war.

Men from counties along the Mississippi River were deployed to Baton Rouge, La.; to the Alabama River to repel British and Indian invaders; and later to defend New Orleans.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal

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