Saturday, June 27, 2009


Vicksburg is set on bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. During the Civil War, control of that great waterway and the rail lines crisscrossing the city was critical to the North. That control would allow the North to get its troops and supplies moving. Vicksburg was a series of battles over months. U.S. Grant's decision was to lay siege to the city. Needless to say, the result was devastatingly successful. It is hard to get a sense of the battles when touring the battlefield as, in the 1930's, the Conservation Corps planted 1000's of trees and completely altered the terrain. We watched a demonstration by some history buffs. Cannot imagine how hot they must have been in those historically accurate, but scratchy, hot wool uniforms!! It was VERY hot and muggy!! All in all, one of our less favorite stops. Actually, Mississippi is not one of my favorite places - tied with Louisiana!!

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