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Published: October 10th 2014
October 4, 2014 (Saturday)
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As I was looking for a motel last night I passed a sign for Vicksburg National Military Park. I did some research last night to see what it was and decided to go this morning. I’m only 360 miles from home so I had time. Vicksburg was the last placed still controlled by the confederate army in the civil war. Grant sent his men down to try and take control so the union army would be able to control all of the Mississippi river which was a major supply route. The battle ground is now Vicksburg National Military Park.
I stopped at the visitor center first. They had a film and a museum showing the battles that took place there. I took the 16 mile auto tour after leaving the visitor center. I saw a lot of people out using the road as jogging trails. I couldn’t help but think about all the men that gave their lives on that very ground and all the horrors they must have seen. 152 years later that same ground is used as peaceful
Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi
Shirley House - The Union troops called this house "the white house". It is the only surviving wartime structure in the park. The family that lived here were for the Union solders. They put a white flag in the windows and the Union troops then moved them to safety. The house was then used as heard quarters of the 45th Illinois infantry.
jogging trails and auto tours. I couldn’t help but think about the men that died on that very ground. I spend about 4 hours in the park and then did not have time to stop at all the stops to read the markers. They have a national cemetery there now. During the battle all the men that died were just buried on the battlefield. In 1866 they reloaded all the bodies they could to this national cemetery. Short markers mark the bodies of unknown soldiers. Most of the markers are short markers. I thought about the families of those soldiers never knowing where their sons were buried.
Once I left the park I headed west on I-20 heading home. This was a great trip. I just wish it could have been longer. My next week off is in November. I will be spending the week in Texas hill country.
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