the duff-green mansion was built in 1856 and is considered the finest example of palladian architecture in the state of mississippi. the mansion was shelled during the seige of vicksburg and it's owners had to live in a cave. later the mansion was used as a hospital for both confederate and union troops. today the duff-green mansion is a bed & breakfast inn and is open to the general public for tours 12:00 to 5:00 daily.
most visitors to vicksburg come to see the vicksburg national military park. you can take an auto tour on a 16 mile road that runs through the park. the seige of vicksburg was a decisive victory for the union in the civil war. for more information on this interesting park see my vicksburg national military park pages.
located in the vicksburg national military park is the u.s.s. cairo museum. the u.s.s. cairo was a ironclad gunboat commissioned in 1861 and was named after the town of cairo illinois. in december 1862 the cairo was patroling the yazoo river and hit two mines and sank. the u.s.s. cairo was raised 102 years later in 1964. because the cairo sank in river mud it is in very good shape. a very interesting civil war relic to see at the park.
the vicksburg battlefield museum is a good first stop on a visit to the vicksburg national military park. the museum has a collection of civil war relics and a topological map that explains the seige of vicksburg. a very worth while place to visit to learn about this important civil war battle.
the church of the holy trinity was built in 1869 in the romanesque style. the church of the holy trinity has six tiffany stained glass windows and is listed on the national register of historic places. a beautiful and historic church to visit in downtown vicksburg.
The Vicksburg Battlefield Museum has a very large collection of models of ships from the civil war and beyond. It also has a few dioramas about the battle and other artifacts. A visit to the museum will help you develop a fuller understanding of this important battle during the US Civil War. Admission is $5.50 for adults and $3.25 for students. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily except Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving & New Years Day.
The battle of Vicksburg was one of the most important in the US Civil War. When I visited the park it was very foggy and dreary. At first I was disappointed, then I understood how appropriate that was for such a sad and low point in our history. The park is laid out to show where different units were located during the fighting. There are inumerable monuments throughout the park dedicated to specific units and individuals and to the states involved. One of the most impressive monuments, and probably the most photographed, is the Iliinois Monument. Other highlights include the USS Cairo complete with a museum, and the National Cemetery (for more information and pictures, see my page).
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.
the old courthouse museum is a interesting place to visit in downtown vicksburg. located in the 1858 warren county courthouse the museum has a large collection of civil war relics and other historic artifacts. for those interested in history and southern culture the old courthouse museum is worth a stop.
planter's hall is one of a number of historic buildings and homes in downtown vicksburg. the planter's hall was built by slave labor in 1834. from 1834 to 1842 planter's hall housed the planter's bank of mississippi. during the seige of vicksburg planter's hall housed the officers of the 28 th louisiana regiment. planter's hall is listed on the national register of historic places. not open to the public.
the christ episcopal church is one of several historic churches in downtown vicksburg. leonidas polk, the bishop of alabama and louisiana laid the corner stone of christ episcopal in 1830. leonidas polk was a cousin of president james k. polk and a friend of jefferson davis. during the civil war polk was a confederate general and was nicknamed "the fighting bishop". polk was killed in action during the atlanta campaign in 1864. christ episcopal church was completed in 1843 and survived the seige of vicksburg. a beautiful and historic church to visit in downtown vicksburg.
Vicksburg National Military Park is vast and worth a thoughtful trip throughout the site. It is heart gripping in seeing all the monuments for State divisions and the number of people lost. Cost is $5.00 per vehicle.
Another of interest and having many old items of antiquity in the cases is the Old Court House. It has not been touched in close to the 100 years since artifacts were put there. It really depicts the personal impact the war had on lives. Cost is $3.00
It is different and the tour given by the owner has a lot of flavor, if she is still there. They were called Bill & Shirley Smollen, and a son also lived there. Get involved and ask about their life to be into this home. The stained glass is on 38 windows and all original. The wood finish is just as spectacular as the glass. The home was built in 1838 by city founder Vick. It is Missionary style architecture.
It is a B&B if you want to stay at cost of $70-185
The Biedenharn Candy Company in historic downtown Vicksburg also houses the Museum of Coca Cola History and Memorabilia (not to be confused with the Coca Cola museum in Atlanta, Georgia).
Coca Cola was 1st bottled here in 1894 and shipped to rural areas of Mississippi and it created a new sensation that had captured the world.
The museum has a HUGE variety of the bottles used over the decades along with equipment used to bottle the soda, advertizing, memorabilia and the entire museum features authentic furnishings and displays that would have been present in the 1890's.
You can also get ice cream, candies, and a wide selection of Coca Cola souvenirs.
This preserves the key sites of one of the pivotal battles of the US Civil war, the Siege of Vicksburg. Suffering from defeat after defeat in the east, the union forces in the west under Ulysses Grant were able to take control of the Mississippi River in this battle, opening up the waterway for northern agricultural goods and denying it to the South.