Motel 6 Vicksburg
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... expanse of water.
Anyway, Vicksburg is a truly interesting town with some quaint and beautiful old buildings. One that we took the time to stop at today was The Old Courthouse which, built in 1858, stands today as Vicksburg’s most historic structure and has hosted such guests and speakers as Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Booker T. Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and William McKinley.
We didn't have too much time on our ...
... the bigger tent. It was freezing and wet so it would certainly not be fun.
We made it to Vicksburg by early afternoon but it was pouring with rain so it was rather difficult to do anything. We went for a drive around the area and ended up checking out the outlets (Don’t worry I didn’t buy anything) and grabbed something to eat at the Cracker barrel restaurant which of course serves ginormous meals.
The next morning we woke to ...
... days, causing the land directly across the river to be a narrow point, so Union boats effectively had to pass these guns twice to get down stream. I go to eat my lunch here. I had stopped at a nearby grocery store and bough some chicken. I was going to eat that with the salad I had left from the night before's enormous dinner. As I lifted the takeaway box out of the little esky/cooler I had, my salad spilled into the icy broth that had been keeping it cool. No chance of salvage. ...
... on July 4th. This gave the Union control of the Mississippi and cut Confederate supply lines turning the tide of the war for the north (Well, that's the Sunday school version)
We took a CD audio tour of the battlefield and saw a lot of monuments, plaques and etc. However the one thing that topped it all was the U.S.S. Cairo Museum - a dredged-up Civil war Ironclad ship covered by a massive tarp and wooden walkways. We visited the museum ...
... including the one my parents had given me for my birthday (by Winston Groom, the author of Forrest Gump). And I’m glad I did, because as we traveled along I would recognize and remember the things I had read. But the way Gary tells a story really makes things come alive. It’s almost like choreography – he begins a story about a ¼ mile away from something important, but you don’t know this. You find yourself so caught up in ...