I don't think this bullet display has changed in the past 40 years. But I have always loved it.
There were so many more varieties than these shown that were used during the siege but one day maybe it will be updated to display more of those types.
I believe it was the Corner Drug Store operated by Mr. Gerache. I believe that was the spellingThere was also a drug store that looked like an ordnance museum-Would you like a Parrott shell with that bottle of aspirin? and If I remember correctly, it was also where Coca Cola was invented. There was also a Columbiad cannon mounted nearby.
Unfortunately, that particular museum went out of business. Those ship models are now located at the Railroad Depot MuseumNow that is great news !
The last time I saw that diorama was when it was displayed at the "navy" museum.
Not a true museum . . . but it was worth a look.
( A private venture very close to the National Park entrance )
It was a massive structure designed as a giant ironclad.
Anyone traveling Interstate 20 from Dallas,Texas to Atlanta,Georgia could see it from the highway.
Actually kind of a typical tourist trap.
It's "claim to fame" was the collection of 100's of models of Civil War era vessels
And yes . . . some very impressive scratch built ship models were on display!
I think they also showed a video of the original NPS 1950's era Vicksburg Visitor Center film.
Yeah, I remember when that museum closed.Unfortunately, that particular museum went out of business. Those ship models are now located at the Railroad Depot Museum
Very trueYeah, I remember when that museum closed.
However, I'm glad those models were preserved and are still on display !
Most folks don't understand the time and effort that is required to build a wooden ship model.
Much less creating that level of authentic detail from "scratch". The men who built those models are truly artists.
I remember those days as well.Please forgive my rambling here, but I remember 30+ years ago, you could walk down Washington Street in downtown Vicksburg and literally almost every store-front had shells, fragments, and other rusty artifacts displayed on their window displays. It was the coolest thing. It was like the citizenry of Vicksburg was saying to the world - "We Will Never Forget".
Every time there was exposed dirt from a construction or building foundation you could find some kind of artifact exposed.
Oh my! Please tell me the police were called and the shells destroyed.I remember those days as well.
And artifacts and construction remain an issue today.
Last Summer, a friend of mine in Vicksburg was expanding his backyard patio.
What would normally be a two or three day project turned into a two month ordeal.
Yep, artifacts (specifically artillery shells) were uncovered within the first hour after the backhoe started grading the backyard.
The delay was not over the historic aspect of these shells, but if the shells were still "live".
LOL !Oh my! Please tell me the police were called and the shells destroyed.
HaHa...I'm hoping they were able to save them...And display them next to his new patioLOL !
The shells were removed before the patio could be finished.
Not sure what happened . . . as this guy is not into history, and didn't really care.
He was only glad he could finally finish his backyard project.
I’m sure it was. I used to hunt the hill right across the street from the Pemberton Mall.I visited Vicksburg right after the Pemberton Mall was finished, and just opening. That had to be a treasure trove of artifacts on the construction site. Does anyone know if any were collected?
I remember a lot of woods behind it and toward the river. Out front there were a bunch of small fast food joints, Long John Silver's is the one I recall. And somewhere close a circle of memorial Stones, one with the name McNulta I believe on it. And out across the highway was the fronting of the confederate line. That was pretty well wooded also.I’m sure it was. I used to hunt the hill right across the street from the Pemberton Mall.
I know a couple of guys in Alabama who would have removed the shells and other artifacts! In fact if Sam Adams can be there I know one would be there for sure with his buddy standing by
He prefers to be referred to as his accomplice or his comic relief.