Vicksburg Journals

Gibraltar of the Mississippi

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A December 2003 trip to Vicksburg by chadk78

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Quote: It took General U.S. Grant 47 days to take this Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. Today, the historic city and its neighbor to the east can keep you occupied for several days. Together, Vicksburg and Jackson give this history buff plenty to rave about.

Gibraltar of the Mississippi

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VICKSBURG Most visitors to this town come here for one of two reasons: to visit Vicksburg National Military Park (site of the 1863 Vicksburg Siege) or to gamble at the casinos. We could have done without the latter, as I believe they detract from the historic ambience of this important 19th-century port. Some of the scenic bluffs provide nice views, which would be better if not marred by these gaudy establishments. Fortunately, there are many beautiful antebellum structures remaining to make up for it. Among these are Anchuca, the Martha Vick House, Christ Episcopal Church, the Duff Green Mansion, the Balfour House, Pemberton's Headquarters, McRaven, Cedar Grove Mansion, the old Court Ho...Read More

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant

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Hotel | "Cedar Grove"

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant Photo, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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I thought I would surprise my wife with this one, so I didn’t tell her where we were going to stay. When we pulled into the drive, she was awestruck. Not only is the Greek-Revival mansion fantastic, but it has 4 acres of landscaped gardens to complement it. We were there a few days after Christmas, and they had everything decorated for the holidays. Actually, Cedar Grove is more than just an accommodation. It also has a restaurant and gives historic house tours. When we checked in, the ladies at the desk were extremely friendly and offered us tips on what to see and do in Vicksburg and where to eat. Our room was Scarlett’s Room (all of the rooms are named after either a character from "Gone...Read More

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Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant
2200 OAK STREET
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
(601) 636-1000

Capitols: Old and New

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Vicksburg Photo, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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A good way to acquaint yourself with the history of Mississippi is to visit the Old Capitol Museum. Constructed in 1839, this Greek-Revival building was Mississippi's state capitol until 1903. Today, it houses many exhibits about the state's history. Native-American artifacts include an authentic canoe and fragments of pottery. There are also artifacts from the first European explorations of the area during the 1500s. One room focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, with a large collection of weapons, flags, and uniforms. Another room presents the story of the rise of industry in the 20th century, with exhibits about the timber industry, railroads, textiles and scientific advancements with...Read More

Jackson's Antebellum Jewels

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Quite a few of the South’s important cities met the fate of William T. Sherman’s torch during the Great Yankee Invasion of the 1860s. Jackson, Mississippi, was one of the first of these unfortunate cities. After the town was burned in 1863, many structures had only their chimneys left, prompting some to nickname it "Chimneyville." Fortunately for us, a handful of the city’s antebellum structures did survive and remain to this day. City Hall Because it was being used as a hospital, this structure was not molested by Federal troops when they captured the city. Built in 1847, it is one of the finest examples of Greek-Revival architecture in the country. Located on S. President Street...Read More

Discovering the Old South in Vicksburg

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Unlike Jackson, many of Vicksburg’s antebellum structures survived the War Between the States. Despite being shelled for 47 days by Union gunboats in the Mississippi, the city has maintained much of its historic character. During the first weeks of April and October, the city holds what are respectively known as its Spring and Fall Pilgrimages. During these times, buildings not normally available to the public are opened for tours. The Vicksburg CVB offers maps and brochures detailing walking tours of the downtown area, which includes many of the structures mentioned here. Cedar Grove Discussed in a separate listing, this 1840 plantation house now operates as a bed-and-breakfast ...Read More

Vicksburg National Military Park

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Vicksburg Photo, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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During the War for Southern Independence, maintaining control of the Mississippi River was an absolute must for the Confederacy to survive. Likewise for Ulysses S. Grant, commander of U.S. armies in the West, it was imperative to keep the Confederates from being able to ship supplies up and down the river. After Memphis and New Orleans had been captured, only one major obstacle stood in Grant’s way: Vicksburg, the Gibraltar of the Mississippi. For 2 years, this important port high on the Mississippi’s bluffs had been impenetrable. Now that Memphis and New Orleans were in Union hands, Vicksburg became a prized target. Grant and Admirals David Farragut and David Dixon Porter concentrated ever...Read More