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Situated on the Natchez Trace Parkway, Kosciusko is the county seat of Attala County, Mississippi. Originally known as Red Bud Springs, the city was renamed for Polish and U.S. General Tadeusz Kościuszko, who was on George Washington’s staff during the American Revolution, although its name was Anglicized by omitting the “z.” Kosciusko was spared damage during the Civil War, with those who lived there at the time reporting that they heard cannons at a distance, and soldiers rode through town a few times, but no shots were fired. Kosciusko is the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey, who lived there until the age of six, and Civil Rights leader James Meredith. Communities located near Kosciusko include Dossville, Ethel, Joseph, McAdams, McVille, Possumneck, Sallis, Smyrna, Williamsville, and Zemuly. Carthage, Mississippi is about twenty-three miles south, and Jackson is about eight-three miles southwest of Kosciusko.

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