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The town of Verona is in Lee County, in northeastern Mississippi. The community was formed as a railroad town in 1857, at the area where the Richmond and Pontotoc road crossed the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad on land belonging to John Ratliff, and named for the city in Italy. In July of 1860, Verona became the first incorporated town in the county. Shortly afterward, the American Civil War began, and the men of Verona formed the Verona Rifles, which became part of the 41st Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Its location along the railroad made Verona an important part of the war. The town served as a recruitment camp and a loading point for shipping soldiers and supplies to Virginia and other points where they were needed. General Nathan Bedford Forrest made his headquarters in Verona for a time, launching several battles from the town. On Christmas day of 1864, while General Forrest was in Nashville, the Confederate supply depot in Verona was discovered ant destroyed by 3,500 Union cavalry troops. Anna Scott Walker, the sister of Union General Winfield Scott, is buried in the Old Verona Cemetery, as are many of the founders of Lee County, including three former members of the United States congress. When the second railroad going through Lee County chose to route its track through Tupelo rather than Verona, many of Verona’s businesses moved to Tupelo. Today, a railroad still runs through Verona, and the town is served by three four-lane highways. Verona is adjacent to Plantersville on the northeast, and the small community of Old Union is just south of the town, while Tupelo is to the north. Other nearby communities include Bissell, Brewer and Palmetto.



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