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Located on approximately the same site as Ratliff’s Ferry, Ophelia was settled during the 1830′s when John Ratliff moved to this area from South Carolina. After the battle at Jackson and the fall of Vicksburg in 1863, Sherman came through this region, camping on this site for two weeks. Before he left, he devastated much of the surrounding countryside and carried off a number of blacks. Ophelia never recovered from the shock.