Vicksburg Off The Beaten Path

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    Soldier's Rest C.S.A. Cemetery

    by leafmcgowan Written Aug 30, 2005

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    Soldier's Rest C.S.A. Cemetery
    Begun May 15, 1866 by Ladie's Confederate Cemetery Association of Vicksburg. Remains of over 1600 soldiers who died in Vicksburg campaign and siege were re-interred here.

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    The Shirley House, Vicksburg National Military Pk

    by leafmcgowan Written Jun 2, 2005

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    Shirley House

    In ruins when the Park was first established in 1899; it was restored in 1902, it still remains a hollow shell waiting to be restored again today. Built in the late 1830's by Nicholas Gray and named the "Wexford Lodge" in honor of his native county in Ireland. During the Civil War it was home to Judge James and Adeline Shirley where it got its current knickname of "The Shirley House".Although the Shirley's were of Northern Birth, their three children: Frederick, Alice, and Quincy were all born in Vicksburg. They owned 25 slaves and made the Wexford Lodge the center of a successful farm. Upon succession of the Mississippi, the Shirleys who remained ardent supporters of the Union, kept to themselves for safety. During the Sieze of Vicksburg, the building was the most conspicious structure on the battlefield and soldiers in blue and gray referred to it simply as "The White House". The Shirley family were forced from their home during the sieze as the house was riddled by solid shot and shell. They fled first to a cave located in the ravine to the right of the house, then to an empty slave cabin several miles away. The house was later converted by the Union army as a smallpox hospital. In 1864 it was abandoned altogether. The building was so badly damaged during the sieze that the family never occupied its rooms again. Purchased by the government for inclusion in the park it was restored to its original splendor and used by park staff and as headquarters. Vacant since the mid 60's, it has fallen once again in disrepair.

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    Vicksburg National Cemetery

    by leafmcgowan Written Jun 2, 2005

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    Of the nearly 17,000 Union soldiers buried here, about 13,000 are unknown. Established in 1866, the cemetery is also the final resting place for veterans of the Spanish-American War, World Wars I & II, and the Korean Conflict. It was closed to burials in 1961. Many Confederates who died during the seige are buried in Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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    The Cairo

    by leafmcgowan Written Jun 2, 2005

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    The Cairo

    The U.S.S. Cairo and her six sister gun-boats were built to support the Union objective of wrestling control of the Mississippi River from the Confederates. With her powerful guns, Cairo could interrupt Confederate commerce, batter opposing fortifications, repel enemy gunboats, and rout any infantry or horse-drawn artillery foolish enough to challenge her.

    The Cairo and city class ironclads were protected by 2 1/2" thick armor plates mounted on laminated Oak 12 1/2 - 25" thick. These gunboats were forward fighting vessels.

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    Idea for a too well beaten path

    by ocicat Written May 11, 2003

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    When visiting the Vicksburg battle site, you can hire a guide to come with you. Local history buffs or college professors, they can bring the history alive for you. Their knowledge is wonderful and you'll learn things you would have otherwise missed.

    The fee is $20 and they will be with you for about 2 hours.

    One thing tho... they will be riding in your car with you. So you have to have room!!

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    plantations

    by doug48 Updated Apr 17, 2012

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    plantation house

    pictured is a plantation house south of downtown vicksburg. see the attached web site for a listing of many of mississippi's historic plantaions and homes.

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