Thursday, November 14, 2013

History of the Ole Miss Dress Code

Everyone constantly asks why Ole Miss students and alumni dress up on gameday.

Of course our look is much better than the grungy t-shirt wearing, body-painted, thrown-together appearance that some other schools may encourage for football games.

But there's also a great deal of history behind our dress code.
In 1861, just after the Civil War had begun, the entire male student body (with the exception of four) and much of the male faculty joined together to enlist in the war, causing the university to close its doors temporarily.

These men became affectionally known as the "University Greys".

They embarked on a journey to meet up with a larger with a larger band of Mississippi soliders in Corinth, Mississippi and formed the 11th Mississippi Infantry.

Supposedly, upon their departure, each one of the University Greys donned a formal suit, insisting that as gentleman, they wanted to ride into battle dressed in their finest.

It has been said that the University Greys led Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Unfortunately, our boys suffered 100% casualties in that battle.

The surviving few returned to their hometowns after the war as local heroes.

To this day, Ole Miss keeps up with the honor and the legacy of the University Greys on football day by wearing their Sunday best.

Because we, too, intend on riding into battle dressed in our finest.

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