Hampton Inn Vicksburg
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We stayed overnight in a hotel near the Vicksburg civil war site and as we are rather cheap we had a dinner of snacks laid on by the hotel (again). So tonight it was cheese and crackers and nuts. We had had a sensible lunch at a politically incorrect restaurant called Mammy's cupboard and had vegetables and everything (about time too)!
... anywhere in the states and we have travelled a lot throughout. Admittedly, we find it rather hard to understand them at times - they tend to speak rather fast and roll their words into each other, but they seem quite tolerant and patient with us and just repeat. Probably more likely they are thinking, "poor old deaf coots!" The accent though has a real sing-song lilt to it - quite lovely actually. Just can't make out what the hell they are ...
... visit took all of maybe 15 mins but was interesting to stop and think for a moment what it would have been like.
Next we headed off to join the Natchez Trace Scenic Byway. This Byway goes from Natchez to Nashville but we only did the section that lead us up to Vicksburg. The Natchez Trace was a path forged by settlers traveling in the late 1700's to early 1800's. While a scenic and beautiful drive today, the ...
... of tornados caused the crew to relocate to Washington DC. So it was Vicksburg on my agenda today. I had almost forgotten about Vicksburg and I hadn't marked it on the big map I had stuck up on my wall, but researching my next step brought it to my attention.
I set out and once again, flat landscape, straight roads and a phone that can't hold a GPS signal. The vegetation did change from grasses to trees as I made my way into Louisiana. The track I had chosen took ...
Grant and Sherman were quite horrified over the casualties, even though the Union suffered less than 5,000 and the Confederates 3,500 in the one day. Not being complacent here, it's just that I've seen fields with heavier casualties given the number involved.
Five weeks later, after constant bombardment from the Union guns, the Confederate Army was starving and the desperate residents were now hiding in caves which they had created.