McCraven House-As is
A fairly run down home, but inside you still get the feel for what it was like in 1800's era. The home is overgrown with trees, but in the back you can still see the remains of barriers. Inside there are the best display of authentic artifacts around the area, or the south for that matter. Many items are for daily use in the period, and others relate to the war, like weapons.
It began in 1831 as a way station in the territory not yet founded. In 1836 it was added on by the sheriff, and in 1849 a Greek revival portion was added. The Murray's were to owners for years, and last occupied in 1960, and been there 80 years. It was bought by Leyland French in 1985 and he lives there yet and is the operator of the building/grounds.
Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park was established in 1899 to honour one of the most important battles of the American Civil War which was the siege and defence of Vicksburg.
The 1,728 acre park is a lasting memorial to all the soldiers and civilians who suffered and were killed throughout the conflict of the Civil War.
Open: Visitors Center: 8a.m.-5p.m, daily, USS Cairo Museum: 8:30 a.m .- 5:00 p.m., Nov. - March: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., April - October. Closed Christmas Day.
Set high on a bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River, this small "Old Town" is rich with history and aliver with diverse attractions and events from river boat cruises, museums, historic home tours, 19th century architecture, shops, boutiques, The National Military Park, galleries, driving tours, casinos, buffets, gambling, music, and local festivals. Full of charm and overflowing with true Southern hospitality, this is a city to savor. Barges moved cotton up and down the river during the time of King Cotton. Vicksburg is the first place in the world where Coca-Cola was bottled.
The seasons are known to be pleasant in these parts - especially Spring and Fall with cool nights and warm sunny days with temperatures ranging 40's-70's (Fahrenheit). Winters have 30's to 50's. Summers are consistently warm with low 70's to highs ranging in the 80's and 90's in the afternoons. Population: 26, 407. I was amazed to see there are no movie theaters here however - closest is in Jackson over 45 miles away. A unique aspect to Vicksburg downtown that not even large metropolitan cities have - is FREE WiFi Internet - Vicksburg provides free wireless internet access in the 1200 through the 1400 block of Washington Street, The Vicksburg Convention Center, and the Tourist Information Center.
"Sieze of Vicksburg"
Sieze of Vicksburg
The Fortworks at Vicksburg have been reconstructed to demonstrate what Confederate fortifications were like in the Summer of 1863. Designed and constructed under the supervision of Majour Samuel Lockett, the Confederate fortification of Vicksburg extended for more than 8 miles and formed a huge semi-circle around the city with flanks resting on the Mississippi River above and below Vicksburg. The line consisted of 9 major forts, referred to as the Redans (triangle shaped), Redoubts (rectangular shaped), and Lunettes (crescent shaped). The forts were made of earth and logs, and were connected to a line of trenches and rifle pits. Known as the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy" - Vicksburg's fortifications were manned by 30,000 troops, mounted 170 cannons, and posed the major obstacle to Union domination of the Mississippi River.Union Troops commanded by Major General Ulysses S Grant - stormed the city's defenses on May 19 and 22, 1863, only to be driven back with heavy loss. Resorting to seige operations - Grant slowly extended his lines cutting the Confederates off from all supply and communications with the outside world. Federal soldiers then dug thirteen approaches - the object of which was to reach Confederate lines and detonate mines underneath the forts.