Lets take a walk along the new Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail!
This is the Temporary trail head on Washington Street, when the Farmers Market stalls across the street are completed it will be moved over there. Wow this trail is pretty extensive, maybe we better just pick one today and come back later to finish the rest.
Yes, Vicksburg has some hills, but it's nothing we can't handle, plus it's great exercise.
Look, that's a Mississippi Blues Trail marker! Vicksburg has a lot more to it than the Civil War. Who knew?
"The Mississippi Barbecue Company will opening soon in this old building! Great Food served in unique historic buildings, with great views! What's not to like!
Look at this cool old house being restored on Grove Street.
Here is the next marker, it's about the Jewish community in Vicksburg.
These are some of the people who contributed to these markers. Oh, I've herd of this guy, I here he really knows his stuff!
This is the Bazsinsky House to day, it's a beautiful place!
This is where the HAUNTED VICKSBURG GHOST TOUR starts! On the corner of Monroe and Grove, on Friday and Saturday nights! I hear it is really good, we should take it one night!
The Old Courthouse Museum, if walls could talk! We have to go there before we leave!
Look at these old pictures of Vicksburg, what a different perspective.
You can rent this historic house as an Air B&B complete with butler and cook if you can afford it!
Vicksburg columns, newspapers printed on wallpaper, more fun facts
The Luckett Compound, we would have missed this if it weren't on the trail.
Lots of beautiful churches in this city!
Wow, there is so much to see here, and that was only one trail! We need to come back soon!
If you would like a GUIDED TOUR of this remarkable city, along this trail or any other or if you are not up to walking, and would like a driving tour, shoot me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sitting on the Stockade Redan
by Morgan Gates
A storm raged in my mind today, life-changing events swirl in my near future. Not bad things, mind you, good in fact, but still, life-changing! Change, especially significant changes can be exciting, but also somewhat frightening! So I did what I often do when in need time to think and clear my head, I went for a walk in the Vicksburg National Military Park. (Those of us who live in Vicksburg can purchase an annual pass for a quite reasonable sum, which allows unlimited access to the park road and there are several places where access to the tour road is available to pedestrians and bicyclist.)
From where I parked my truck, my dog, and I walked just over a mile to the Stockade Redan before retracing our steps. It was a perfect day for a walk. The sky was a cloudless blue that you could really only see in winter in Mississippi. I have often said that as the landscape around here turns bleak and gray, it is almost as if Mother Nature makes up for it by painting the skies in vivid hues. The temperature was also just right—60 degrees with a light wind. Sometimes winter can be the best season in the South. Despite the pleasant weather, the Park was almost empty and entirely peaceful. We stopped at the Stockade Redan and sat on the peak of the fort for a few minutes.
I'm sure anyone who reads this blog regularly knows of the profound events that happened in that place, but in brief review: The Vicksburg Campaign was the actual turning point of that deadly war. More so than Gettysburg, for though many more men died in that Pennsylvania field, the loss of Vicksburg severed the Confederacy in half! In sight of where I sat, Sherman's 15th Corps charged into the teeth of death. The 13th U.S. Infantry Regiment took 43 % casualties including George Washington’s Grandnephew. A few days later, the Forlorn Hope led a charge that piled bodies so deep it blocked the Graveyard Road that I had just walked down. Later in the siege, Henry Clay's Grandson died defending another fort less than a mile to my right, and less than a mile to my left my own Great-great Grandfather hunkered in a trench for 47 days.
On this day no smoke obscured the view, the roar of cannon and musket were replaced by the whisper of the wind. The ominous muzzle of Union cannon stared at me across the ravine, but no death and destruction had issued from them within the living memory of man. Black Vultures circled high in the sky by while their distant ancestors may have feasted on human flesh. These carrion birds would likely sup on nothing more gruesome than road-killed armadillo.
Do spirits still haunt this battlefield? Some say they do. Certainly there still a few forgotten bones buried somewhere in the ravine below. But today only memories, visual images pulled from the pages of history books, people the landscape below.
These images remind me that this place where I sit in peace today was once a place of bloody carnage where lives were sacrificed so that the nation we know today could exist.
My dog grows restless. He wants to move on, to smell the deer cropping and trace the path of other woods' creatures that have passed this way. I get up and we start back the way we came.
Info From the National Park Service website:
What is the Stockade Redan?
Stockade Redan was constructed to protect the Graveyard Road approach to Vicksburg. The fortification was given its name because of the wall, or 'stockade,' of poplar logs built across the Graveyard Road. The redan was attacked twice, on May 19 and 22, and each time the Confederate garrison successfully repulsed the Federal soldiers.
Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg at the Cottonwood Public House
by Meshea Crysup, RHV
The building is historic—and I will blog about that when I get more of that history from the owner—but the place is modern and like nothing else in Vicksburg! Our historic area has stepped up and into exactly what young people are looking for in a community. One can live in The Lofts, lunch at 10 South or Roca, and then when evening comes, walk on down and unwind at the Cottonwood Public House!
Craft Beers, which are all the rage!
Craft Cocktails, YUM!
Craft Pizzas cooked in a firebrick oven!
The menu is “foodie heaven”.
The atmosphere is “old meets new”, “inside meets outside”, and “traditional meets modern”! Exposed brick walls, wide open space, a very L.O.N.G. bar, seating that will open onto the sidewalk when the weather is warmer, tall tables, short tables, a sofa, a dart board, and, of course, let us not forget that THEY BREW BEER! (Well, they will be soon! Zack Erickson, the brewer, promised that we will talk so I can blog all about that as soon as the beer is brewing!)
If you are looking for an interesting way to spend an evening or a new place to call “your place”, check out The Cottonwood Public House, 1309 Washington Street! The epitome of reclaimed-downtown chic, it is certainly a modern way to Rediscover Historic Vicksburg!