Forums & Members Input Needed For CWT Invades Vicksburg

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With our upcoming trip to Vicksburg (Oct. 25 – 27th) we want to call on all our Forums and members to get involved in our CWT Invades Vicksburg Tour. There are many aspects of the battle and siege that covers many of our forums. Below are just some suggestions of the major stops for members to give a short (15-20 min) presentation. We would love to hear our Forums and attending members input and suggestions. Even if you can’t attend, we would still love to hear your thoughts or things you would like to see as we post many photos throughout the days and nights of the event. If you would like to give a short presentation or have a suggestion for one please let us know.

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Were your ancestors at Vicksburg? (What’s their story)

The Monuments.

Shirley House

Stockade Redan & Attack

Thayer’s Approach

Battery Selfridge (all navy guns & crew) redbob is going to do a Show & Tell on Vicksburg artillery with shells from his collection from Vicksburg.

Surrender Site

Great Redoubt

Railroad Redoubt

Grants Canal (Sunday)



Schedule:

PM Friday Oct. 25th

1:00 pm: Gather in our meeting room. Travel to Old Court House museum

3:30 pm: Cedar Hill Cemetery (Confederate Soldiers Rest)



Oct 26th The Park All Day.

7:00 am. Breakfast in our CWT War Room. Go over the days plan again for anyone who missed it.

8:15 am. Meet and tour VNP Visitors center.

9:30 am – 1:00 pm. Park Tour (north end)

1:00 pm Lunch break at picnic area located at the USS Cairo.

2:00 - 3:30. Tour USS Cairo

3:30 till, Finish park tour to south end, Railroad Redoubt and Fort Garrott.



Sunday Oct. 27th

South Fort

Louisiana Circle

Navy Circle

Grants Canal (must see)
 

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Since I will find it impossible to shut up about both sides' naval activities during the extended Vicksburg campaign anyway, I may as well make it official. I volunteer to give a presentation about it. The chief difficulty will be cutting it down for time... :D

ETA: I should really do two. One on the Arkansas and one on the Cairo...
 
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Since I will find it impossible to shut up about both sides' naval activities during the extended Vicksburg campaign anyway, I may as well make it official. I volunteer to give a presentation about it. The chief difficulty will be cutting it down for time... :D

ETA: I should really do two. One on the Arkansas and one on the Cairo...
Great, Sounds like a plan. I will put you down for that. Do you want to give it at the Cairo or Battery Selfridge?
 

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My g-grand (a Pvt.) and his brother (a 1 Lt.) were in the 36th Miss. during the siege. As I understand it they were part of Hebert’s Brigade posted at Snyder’s Bluff north of the city during the battles of Champion’s Hill and Big Black and thus fresh and ready to roll when Grant reached Vicksburg. The 36th was assigned the Stockade Redan that guarded the Graveyard Road. Grant, believing the Rebs were demoralized, chose that point as the focus of his May 19 attack which failed miserably in the face of the fresh Confederates.

An anecdote:

My father was raised by this g-grandfather not very far away in Copiah County and heard many stories of the war and his time during the siege. I do recall he was told that by the end his rations were down to 2 tablespoons of peas and 1 of sugar per day.

It is possible that I may be able to get over there for a brief time if I can manage a trip over to our Monroe, La. farm to coincide with the event. It sounds like a lot of fun.
 
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@RobertP sounds like you need the opportunity to walk the same ground your ancestors did so be sure and join us for the confab!
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David
I’ve been there many times but it never gets old. As a kid the terrain fascinated me more than anything; the loess hills in highway cuts where graffiti like carvings in the soil lasted for years, the deep ravines and lush vegetation. The view from Ft. Hill was the grandest I’d ever seen and I remember rolling down it as a Boy Scout. Vicksburg has always held a special place in my memory.
 

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My g-grand (a Pvt.) and his brother (a 1 Lt.) were in the 36th Miss. during the siege. As I understand it they were part of Hebert’s Brigade posted at Snyder’s Bluff north of the city during the battles of Champion’s Hill and Big Black and thus fresh and ready to roll when Grant reached Vicksburg. The 36th was assigned the Stockade Redan that guarded the Graveyard Road. Grant, believing the Rebs were demoralized, chose that point as the focus of his May 19 attack which failed miserably in the face of the fresh Confederates.

An anecdote:

My father was raised by this g-grandfather not very far away in Copiah County and heard many stories of the war and his time during the siege. I do recall he was told that by the end his rations were down to 2 tablespoons of peas and 1 of sugar per day.

It is possible that I may be able to get over there for a brief time if I can manage a trip over to our Monroe, La. farm to coincide with the event. It sounds like a lot of fun.
One other anecdote. G-grandfather was wounded at least twice, once at Corinth and again at Vicksburg. His shoulder wound healed sufficiently for him to continue in the war through the Atlanta Campaign and Nashville where his brother was mortally wounded.

After the war he went to medical school and became a country doctor, but the shoulder never ceased to bother him. His eldest daughter, my grandmother, was asked when she was a teenager to carefully probe the wound to determine a cause. This would have been about the turn of the century. She was able to draw out a small piece of uniform cloth that had been forced ahead of the ball and left behind when it was recovered. After that he had no problems with it. She and other family members told me this several times when I was young.
 

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Since I will find it impossible to shut up about both sides' naval activities during the extended Vicksburg campaign anyway, I may as well make it official. I volunteer to give a presentation about it. The chief difficulty will be cutting it down for time... :D

ETA: I should really do two. One on the Arkansas and one on the Cairo...
Looking forward to it/them.
 

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I’ve been there many times but it never gets old. As a kid the terrain fascinated me more than anything; the loess hills in highway cuts where graffiti like carvings in the soil lasted for years, the deep ravines and lush vegetation. The view from Ft. Hill was the grandest I’d ever seen and I remember rolling down it as a Boy Scout. Vicksburg has always held a special place in my memory.
How about we put Ft. Hill on the list and you can give a history of it to include your relatives involvement?
 

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UPDATED Presenters List.

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/cwt-invades-vicksburg-2019-tour-the-official-thread.155709/page-4#post-2013129

Below is what we have so far on our members involvement in our upcoming CWT Invades Vicksburg. If you have a suggestion or would like to take one of the stops just let us know. I have heard a rumor that we may get a medical presentation:D

Old Courthouse Museum @ucvrelics

Were your ancestors at Vicksburg? (What’s their story)

The Monuments.

Shirley House

Stockade Redan & Attack

Thayer’s Approach

Battery Selfridge (all navy guns & crew) @redbob is going to do a Show & Tell on Vicksburg artillery with shells from his collection from Vicksburg.

Surrender Site

The US & CS Navy's @Mark F. Jenkins is going to give a presentation at The USS Cairo stop.

Great Redoubt

Railroad Redoubt

Grants Canal (Sunday)
 


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