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If I can say anything about my year living in and around Texas, I would say that it was full of culture. I say this while sitting next to a lake in the woods of Mississippi. A day after seeing a tiger in a Louisiana truck stop, and after being asked today at the Wal-Mart whether we carry protection while we camp. I would consider 2014 my Txcc (Texas Conservation Corp year) year. 11 months of laughter, character building ,and road trips. Suprisingly, ...
... were broken up for the wood. The merchants would now be forced to travel back north on the Natchez Trace- carrying their money from the sales with them. This made them a prime target for bands of thieves. The book tells some hair-raising stories of the lawlessness and violence of this time!
In the afternoon we were able to visit with Mimi Miller at the historical foundation. I wanted to ask if she had any ideas about what happened to Roseland, the home ...
... of Natchez.
After breakfast, we headed to the Natchez City Cemetery to search for grave sites- we found some people from the same diary- Elizabeth Rose's brother and sister-in-law- R.P. and Mathilda Miller, as well as some neighbors of Mary Anna's- the Waltons and the Jacksons. We also found the tomb of General Zebulon York. This is a huge cemetery and the tombs were hard to find- a ...
... census to show how many slaves John Gillespie, the owner, had on the plantation, and a typical "rations" list to show how much food the slaves were allowed to take from the "commissary"- which was often controlled by the lady of the household- the planter's wife. When seeing the huge cotton picking bags, and the size of the bales, it was clear how hard these slaves worked each day picking cotton.
... of Elizabeth Rose's daughter, Mary Anna, and her husband, Alex Campbell Jr. We drove and drove along graveled roads, but all entrances were blocked off. No luck in finding Roseland.
Exhausted, we headed back to Vidalia, on the edge of Concordia Parish. Here, on the banks of the Mississippi, overlooking Natchez, in Adams County Mississippi, we stayed in the Comfort Inn and Suites at Vidalia- a lovely hotel with a view of the ...