Union Spy from Chickasaw County
Thomas D. Cockrell, a professor at Blue Mountain College, and Michael B. Ballard, a professor at Mississippi State University, have edited and made available the memoir of Levi Holloway Naron who was a spy for the Union during the Civil War. Naron was a native of Chickasaw County who was driving from his home county because of his Union sentiments. He met up with General Sherman who quickly realized Naron's unique position to be a scout and spy, not to mention an occasional raider, for the Union cause. The original work was dictated to Richard W. Surby, a Union soldier from Illinois, who published it as part of a book he authored in 1865. The book (Chickasaw: A Mississippi Scout for the Union: The Civil War Memoir of Levi H. Naron) is a worthwhile addition to anyone studying the Civil War in Mississippi or Southern Unionists.