Monday, April 25, 2011

Vicksburg and Port Gibson, Mississippi

We stayed at Grand Gulf Military Park and Campground.  This was a treat, as it was so quiet and we were surrounded by history.  The battle of Vicksburg was a pivotal win for the Union Army during the Civil War.  The Union victory gave them control of the Mississippi River.  This victory and the victory at Gettysburg, the day prior, sealed the Union Victory.  We also saw the ruins of huge house in Windsor, near Port Gibson.  In Vicksburg we toured the Old Courthouse, the Corner Drug store, a preserved old time drug store, the Biendheim Coca Cola memorabilia museum, the saw the riverfront murals. The highlight was our 16 mile tour of the Vicksburg Battlefield.  We also were next to the Mississippi...and now I know why they call it "Big Muddy." It sure is brown. In the photos at Grand Gulf Military park, you'll see the jail and Debbie in jail, a view of the truck from atop the 75 foot fire tower

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