Monday, May 30, 2011

Vicksburg visit

Dinoguy wants to stop at Vicksburg now every time we drive by. So on the way home we stopped in Vicksburg for the night and visited the park the next morning. It turned out to be national parks week and free admission which was awesome except there were more people in the park than usual.

I do like this park. Its beautiful and peaceful and a lovely reminder of the price of liberty. Plus now I am more familiar with its layout, its not quite as overwhelming. We visited the visitor's center watching the videos and presentations on the siege. Then we drove along the union siege lines and then along the confederate lines. The kids worked on the packet of questions for the junior ranger thing again. Though its different this year because of the 150th anniversary since the Civil War started. We're going to visit some other Civil War National Parks later this summer and by visiting 3 they will get memorial patches.

Over 150 cannons in the park

Kids like to play with cannons

White house remodeling project still in progress

Big Greek style memorial for Iowa

Running thru a tunnel dug during the siege

The USS Cairo

Yeah for Texas!

How cool is this statue?
It was set a ways back off the road. But this statue honors in part my GGG Grandpa's service. Had to get a picture!

The Florida memorial in a roundabout in the city of Vicksburg
Since our last visit, I have researched and found that my great great great grandfather was part of the confederate army that surrendered at Vicksburg. He was part of the Georgia Infantry. So I made special effort to see the Georgia memorial. The small loop had been closed last time we visited so it was neat to see the memorials on that loop that included Texas and Georgia. Then I looked for Florida's memorial and discovered its outside of the park in the city of Vicksburg. Apparently the park had to sell some of its land at some point and a bunch of the smaller memorials aren't inside it anymore. But we went and saw those memorials too this time. Here is the note of surrender from my ancestor. Note that it says "his mark" above and below where his name is signed around a small x. That's part of why his name is mispelt.

As far as fun, I think the most excitement on the trip was when we arrived at the USS Cairo (the ironclad ship) exhibit and taking Baby out of the car I realized he'd had a huge poop explosion. Went to the bathroom to clean him up and discovered that basically NONE of the poop was in the diaper. It was all in the onesie and on him. Of course the park had no paper towels so it was me and a ton of diaper wipes and trying to rinse out the onesie in the auto flow sinks. It took a while and I thought I had it all cleaned up but several hours later found dried poop smears on the side of my upper arm.

1 comment:

Rachael said...

This looks like such a great place to visit! Sorry about the blowout :) That happened to us at Martin's Cove.


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