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April 13th 2010
Published: July 18th 2017
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We started off with the Vicksburg Battlefield Park which is a 16 mile drive through the actual area of the battlefield and there are monuments and markers to the various commanders, divisions and states involed in the battle. Twenty thousand lost their lives in the battle which is considered the deciding battle of the civil war. The Union forces prevailed and it was the end of the Confederacy. Inluded in the drive is a look at the USS Cairo which was raised from the Missisippi River several years ago. There is also a large graveyard. Apparently only 3000 of the graves are identified. We then visited the towns of Vicksburg and Port Gibson. By chance we came across the Jefferson Military College which was originally a military school but later became a prep school and was used until 1964. Our final stop was Natchez across the river from Loiusiana. Some of the buildings in the town date back to the late 1700's. There are many beautiful older houses. The historic part of town is quite small and can easily be walked. We ate at a local restaurant which served shrimp, oysters and hushpuppies. Tomorrow we head east across the state of Mississippi towards Alabama.

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14th April 2010

You have encompassed so many historical areas. It is absolutely wonderful. I would imagine that not many people explore as many areas as you have. I would imagine the weather is getting warmer. How did you like hushpuppies? Your pictures ar
e still the greatest.Carla

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