Vicksburg and fuzzy ninth grade US history class lessons

It has been a few years since ninth grade US history (really I am not sure that we took it in ninth grade) and I have forgotten much of my civil war statistics.  Even which states fell on the North or the South side was not even part of my retention.  Also since Glenn grew up in Florida and me in Michigan, we each had a little different view of the Civil War and needed some ‘fact checking’ to see who was right.

We had heard the Vicksburg National Military Park was a well done memorial so we wanted to spend a morning there (while it was still only 80 degrees outside).  We were the first ones in the park besides the numerous walkers and joggers and were pleasantly surprised when we found out it was FREE National Park admission day.

We spent time in the visitor’s center and then drove around the battlefield area stopping to look at many of the memorials placed for the soldiers from a particular state.  At the main battlefield the ranger was very knowledgeable and helped us to visualize what the area was like during the siege and the battle.  The USS Cairo had been lifted from the river bottom and they had the remains on display which was very interesting.  It sounds a little “off”, but we had lunch in a open monument on top of a hill overlooking the cemetery.  It was a great place to let all the personal sacrifices from the soldiers and the townspeople sink in.

The park is worthy of a visit even if you are not a big history or Civil War buff.   For me, reflecting on the Civil War and how destructive it was for our country helped to give perspective on other countries around the world undergoing this upheaval now – some countries suffering multiple civil wars.

A memorial for soldiers from particular state

A memorial for soldiers from particular state

Inside of Illinois memorial

Inside of Illinois memorial

Part of the main battlefield

Part of the main battlefield

USS Cairo

USS Cairo

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Our home

Our home

These were Glenn's eye candy

These were Glenn’s eye candy

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4 Responses to Vicksburg and fuzzy ninth grade US history class lessons

  1. Marti says:

    I like graveyards (marble gardens) as dad would say. Got you beat on weird places for lunch, when I worked at the funeral home I had lunch with a corpse. He had his eyes closed so I didn’t feel I had to share.

  2. Armond Davis says:

    Dead remains and lunch overlooking a cemetery. Wow! Sounds like a pefect scene for a movie. I will have to put this on my list as well; it is always interesting to hear people accounts and version of Civil War.

    • gconthemove says:

      It was an odd place for lunch for sure, however it turned out to be pleasant with at least some shade and a little breeze. If we peered over the edge of the monument we could see the river – a bonus!

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