Americas Best Value Inn Vicksburg
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... an iron clad gun battleship that sank in the Yazoo river and has been raised and restored. Now THAT was a sight to see! Never seen anything like it or even heard of these boats before.
Extremely impressive park. So well done, beautifully maintained. These Americans really honour their dead and they know how to create good displays.
By the time we had enjoyed the park, we really had to pedal to the metal to get to our hotel ...
You can get out and tour at different sites and also visit the U.S.S Cairo and Iron clad ship that was sunk in the Yazoo River in 1862 and was discovered by two guys with a compass. The ship was then raised and restored as much as it could be. The plan was to raise it in one piece but it broke in two due to the sheer weight of it. No one died when it sank and when it was raised a number of artefacts were recovered and they have a small museum ...
... The site of the battlefield is now the Vicksburg National Military Park, where you can visit the battery positions, see the guns, the redans and redoubts and all the key battle sites. On the 16 mile drive around the site there are many, many memorials, some very grand and others quite modest. Here also 17,000 Union soldiers are buried, the Confederates who died in these battles are buried elsewhere. One of the most interesting displays in the park was the ...
... which is dangerous! I met Kateva downstairs for lunch and we ate with a couple from New Jersey--Damned Yankees as Kateva says. :)) the couple took it in stride. We parted ways after lunch and I enjoyed sitting on the 6th deck for a couple of hours chatting with our trip coordinator, Scot. The weather was just about perfect. We had yet ANOTHER cocktail party to attend--this time all the California Aggies wanted us to join them on the 4th deck, ...
... Around midnight the sky lit up as the Southern forces used the cannons from the overlook to attack the ships. Since the North had breached supplies through a critical point, they began the final bloody battles. The North still in the lowlands, but now with supplies held a 47 day siege of the perimeter of Vicksburg. The South in Vicksburg finally surrendering on July 4.
The park consisted of a drive ...