Directly across from the courthouse, in the center of Port Gibson, is this very imposing Confederate Monument, dedicated to the soldiers from Claiborne County who fought to defind their homeland against Northern aggressors during the War Between the States.Claiborne County was the scene of two important battles of that War. The Battle of Grand...more
Rodney was originally a French settlement on the Mississippi, and progressed into a leading river town with 1,000 inhabitants and two newspapers during its prime in the 1840s. Several calamities hit the town, and the last straw was when the Mississippi changed course in 1860. The town was officially dissolved in the 1930s. Today, a few families...more
Windsor was a Greek Revival mansion, built at the heart of a huge plantation at the eve of the Civil War. While the enormous house survived the war undamaged, it burned down in 1890. Today, the 23 ghostly columns in the middle of thick Southern "jungle" are a mecca for photographers. The site is famous, but you will likely be the only visitor...more
It is reported that the fire broke out on February 17 in 1890 when a house guess accidentally dropped a cigarette into some debris left by carpenters who had been making repairs on the third floor. Everything was destroyed except a few pieces of china and 23 of the columns, railings and iron stairs.more
This sketch provides a look into what the Mansion looked like before the fire. In its day, the mansion was host to many cultural events which provided the romance of that era. During the War Between the States, Windsor was an observation post used by the Confederates who used to send signals across the river to Louisiana. It also served as a Union...more
There are only 23 out of the original 29 (45ft) columns remaining after the fire. These supported the roof and provided protection for the veranda's which encompassed the house on the 2nd and 3rd levels. The house was huge and the family almost self-contained with their own commissary, doctors office, school and dairy on the bottom floor of the...more
The construction was made up of slave labour although skilled carpenters were brought in from New England for the finished woodwork. The columns were made up of bricks which were made in a kiln across the road and were then covered with mortar and plaster. The fluted columns had iron Corinthian capitals with ornamental railing joining at the...more
This store caught my eye travelling up US Hwy 61. After we turned off to visit the Ruins of Windsor, we went back to the store. It was built in 1875 and I doubt had had much done to it since. The sign said 'All you can eat lunch buffet for $5.95 and cokes for 89c' (despite the Pepsi ad on the side of the building).. a bargain. The owner assured us...more
If you are travelling on Route 61 between Port Gibson and Natchez will come to the turnoff for Hwy 552. You will also see Alcorn University right at the begining. Its is about 5 miles further on until you will see the Ruins.
About five miles north of Port Gibson on the Natchez Trace Parkway is the site of Magnum Mound, believed to have been built by the Plaquemine Indian culture around 1000 years ago. The Plaquemine's were a forerunner of the Natchez tribe which were encountered in this area by the first French explorers.Mounds such as this one were used as platforms...more
Very close to Magnum Mound, and about five miles north of Port Gibson, is Grindstone Ford in Bayou Pierre. This was about 45 miles, or a two days walk, from Natchez during the heyday of the Natchez Trace. It marks the boundary between the Natchez district and Indian territory of the Choctaw Nation.The Ford was named for a water-driven mill nearby....more
The Natchez Trace is an ancient trail, first created by animals, then people. It cuts a diagonal path through parts of what are today Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. In the late 1700s and early 1800s this footpath became a heavily traveled thoroughfare on the American frontier. Now the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile-long National Park...more
I am very proud that two of my great great uncles, Sargent James Monroe Devaughn and his younger brother, Private John Allen Devaughn, successfully fought against the invading Northern army at Port Gibson. Both of them, members of the Alabama 46th Infantry, Company A, were captured a few weeks later, July 4, 1863, at the surrender of Vicksburg.
According to Confederate war records, the Devaughn brothers were exchanged and furloughed less than three weeks later, on July 22. However both returned to the front lines of battle in defending their Southern homeland. John died about six weeks later. James lived for another year, and was killed at the hand of General Sherman's brutal troops at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, on the northern outskirts of Atlanta, on June 30, 1864.
I had other kinfolk on both sides of my family who fought and died for the Confederacy. All told, more than 620,000 men, women and children were needlessly slaughtered in the War Between the States - to say nothing of the wanton destruction of homes, churches, schools and the entire infrastructure of the South.
Contrary to popular misconception, The War was not about slavery. No serious historian believes that - yet it remains the politically correct "excuse" given after-the-fact by the victors (the North) in an effort to justify the most senseless and shameful chapter in American history.
My uncles were poor dirt farmers who never owned a slave. They fought, as did virtually all Confederates, for only one reason. Their homeland was invaded and they were compelled by honor to defend their homes and their families.
Most people - especially Americans - would be extremely enlightened to study The War from a Southern perspective.
A good place to start would be "Southern by the Grace of God" by Michael Andrew Grissom.