Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Small Town, Big Battle...

Vicksburg, Mississippi was a very important city during the civil war. In fact, the Union's siege of Vicksburg was a turning point in the war. The South no longer controlled the Mississippi River (Vicks is located on the Miss) so it was tough to receive supplies and rations. It almost meant the Confed. army was split by the Union.

The Military Park takes at least an hour to drive through. There are over 1,000 monuments and plaques throughout honoring the 19,000 soldiers lost in this battle alone--more Union than Confederate soldiers sadly. 28 states were represented in this war. Illinois lost the most soldiers. I didn't get a pic of that monument but it's amazing. 

With it being Memorial Day weekend, there were some reinactors that were letting off cannons with black powder, minus the canon.
I can't imagine soldiers wearing the wool uniforms into the summer months. It must have been a heat index of 100 when we were out there looking around and it's May.

Union General Ulysses Grant on left and monument to Af. American soldiers on right
Pemberton was the Confederate General. Many think he was too quick to surrender to the Union. Pemberton was from the North but his wife from the South. After the war he returned to Pennsylvania. His two brothers fought for the Union too. Can't say he is the most loved general.

Standing outside the old court house built before the war and somehow survived the war. Jefferson Davis launched his presidency here in fact.  It's a museum now full of neat artifacts such a Teddy Roosevelt's original Teddy Bear given to him as a child. I loved seeing the antebellum (pre civil war) china and silver too. My brother above is a lover of the civil war.

It was fascinating to talk to the locals working the museum that are still someone stuck in the war. Let's just say that this place is a little slanted. The readings don't even refer to the war as the Cival War. They call is the War between Sates. aka: sates rights. 

These are old ledgers are from the early 1800's. It's the most beautiful display but sadly exposed and vulnerable with time. The pic to the top right are 1820 documents. The entire wall is a complete display of the same look. 

VIcksburg is a very charming bed and breakfast town with brick streets, friendly people, charm, Southern hospitality, and a lot of history. Glad Andrew could experience it at last. 


Mari Kjar said...

ohh i'm so glad you made is to mississippi. i love vicksburg- it's only an hour from my house... many saturday outings with my mom there. i hope you went inside some of the plantation houses. cedar grove is my favorite and there is still a cannonball in floor from the civil war. anyway, looks like a super fun trip!!! how i love the south!

Danielle said...

This exactly my kind of trip. So much history and I've always wanted to see a Civil War reinactment. When I was in Gettysburg we has just missed it. Glad you see you spending time at home with family as well.

The Schanz Family said...

Mary Martha, you are such a great writer! You and i missed eachother in Vicksburg by a couple days!!