The new Civil War Museum had its Grand Opening today in Vicksburg. The museum has a wide variety of military and civilian artifacts, in fact, the emphasis on the civilian and African-American experience in Vicksburg is what makes this museum unique in this historic city.
One of the impressive displays is that of the many type of artillery shells that rained down on the city during the siege in the summer of 1863.
Me and museum owner, Charles Pendleton, share a photo
This bugle was dug by a relic hunter in Corinth, MS. Charles told me that it took 9 years for the relic hunter to find all the pieces, but he did, and he meticulously pieced it together.
As I mentioned earlier, the black experience was an important aspect to interpret in this museum. Here, a display shows a slave plowing in a cotton field.
A recreation of a slave cabin shows the everyday life of slaves in the deep south.
Battlefield pickups are displayed all over the museum walls.
A model of the CSS Mississippi proudly sits in a display case. A nod to the Confederate navy contribution to the Southern war effort.
One of several display cases of swords. Next to this case are several displays of rifles and pistols.
Impressive collection of period bottles. The large green bottle on the top shelf is a rare Cathedral pickle bottle.
Don't forget the buckles and plates worn by soldiers from both sides. This particular shelf shows some of the Confederate buckles in the collection.
The museum has a little bit of everything from entrenching tools, photos, hats and clothing, lots of bullets, slave tags, slave information, a restored jail cell, and so much more.
If you are coming to Vicksburg or even passing through you need to check out this museum. It's on Washington Street, just down from the Biedenharn Candy Company where Coke was first bottled.