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Heading to Vicksburg tomorrow.

Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by bdtex, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. bdtex

    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    Would any Vicksburg locals here in CWT be available or willing to do the private Champion Hill Tour on Saturday if I can arrange it? It's $100/per person with a 2 person minimum and I would pay the $200 for the both of us.
     
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  3. Eleanor Rose

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    Have a great time on your trip! I have only visited Vicksburg once, but it was an amazing experience. I look forward to seeing some awesome pictures. Travel safely!
    :wavespin:
     
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    Now that must be a good tour. Wish I was there & could go.
     
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    Safe travels!
     
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    Glorious day in Louisiana. The drive is through some beautiful country. Stopping in Alexandria in about 30 minutes.
     
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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    Just left Alexandria National Cemetery. Next stop Vicksburg.
     
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    Lucky you.......have fun.
     
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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    The Old Court House Museum was awesome. Had to remember to breathe. :D
     
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    Sounds like a fun time.
     
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    Awesome place.....so much to see and read.
     
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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    The Soldiers Rest Cemetery on a cold,windy,clear and late February afternoon was exhilirating. My heart was pounding in my chest.
     
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    I spoke briefly with the man working at the Old Court House Museum today about Vicksburg now being on the Yazoo River. He told me the Mississippi River changed course on Grant's birthday in 1876. That's a neat bit of information.
     
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    Well, technically Vicksburg proper is on the Yazoo Diversion Canal. :smile:
    http://civilwartalk.com/threads/a-2nd-chance-for-vicksburg.101797/

    I'm glad you're having an enjoyable trip !

    We're looking forward to the pictures. :thumbsup:
     
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    bdtex Brigadier General Moderator

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    I stand corrected and that's a neat bit of information too. Pics next week after I get them all uploaded and sort through them. Got some good ones today at Alexandria National Cemetery and Soldiers Rest Cemetery.
     
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    Have fun! It's such a massive battlefield. I think I suffered from information overload as much as the heat!
     
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    I have hired an NPS guide for 3 hours this morning. I see information overload in today's crystal ball. :D I see a couple more trips to Vicksburg too.
     
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    OMG y'all! I was at the NPS Park from 8am-4:30pm. Campaigned right through lunch. Then made a quick run back to Soldiers Rest Cemetery. Think I mighta solved a mystery about my ancestor in the 40th Alabama Infantry today. More later. I'm in the chow line right now and darn grateful not to be on the rations of a Confederate soldier at Vicksburg.
     
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    Going on the private tour at Champion Hill in the morning.
     
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    Thanks for the updates. Cannot wait for pictures
     
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    It was a great day to be there. Fantastic weather and the swales/ravines/sapps/etc. between the lines were recently clear cut. You could clearly see how steep the grade was that assaulting forces had to climb. I marched down into one to see a marker. Gonna do more of that on the next trip.
     
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