Grand Gulf Military Park will no doubt get a lot of attention next year when the 150th anniversary of the Vicksburg Campaign of the Civil War is commemorated. Much of what is left of the town where General Grant had intended on landing his invasion force to circle in behind Vicksburg's back door is in the park.
Last May, the Mississippi River invaded Grand Gulf with the water going about 4 bricks high inside the museum and leaving everything pretty much in disarray.
But as with most disasters, what other choice do you have afterward than to pick up the pieces and put them back better. And that's just what's been done at Grand Gulf. The Museum had the chance to be completely cleaned out and de-cluttered. And honed down to the subjects that are most on target to the theme of the park. There are several curiosities here, however. Like a hand written letter from George Washington. You don't get to see George Washington's John Hancock just everyday. And new to the museum, from Sid Champion's collection, a couple of checks signed by Jefferson Davis.
My Granddaughter is my traveling buddy this summer. We make a trade. I listen to Y101 for her, but we go where I want to go. And show her things she needs to see and I get to tell her stories about things I think she needs to know about. And Grand Gulf is one of those places she, and we, need to know about.
This is where the Civil War started to come to an end. Where General Grant made his commitment to capture Vicksburg and take back the Mississippi River and split the South in two.
This is where historic buildings still stand that were here while all of this was still a Spanish Colony. There is an old settler's log cabin that is preserved in the park. Plus St. Joseph's Catholic Church relocated here from Rodney decades ago, which would have been drowned had it been left in Rodney from last year's Mississippi flood.
Besides, the park is just scenic and peaceful. The governor is wanting us to go see Mississippi. Well, for a three-buck admission for adults, two for kids, it would be hard to see much more for so little.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:38:10 GMT
Ridgeland Police are looking for an unidentified woman who tried to use a stolen credit card at a local business. The woman tried to buy over $900 in gift cards and other merchandise.The woman was wearingMore >>
Ridgeland Police are looking for an unidentified woman who tried to use a stolen credit card at a local business. The woman tried to buy over $900 in gift cards and other merchandise.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:34 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:34:37 GMT
The Alabama Department of Public Safety has issued a Missing Child Media Alert after a 2-month-old baby was allegedly taken by a 14-year-old girl early Monday morning from Birmingham. Police say 2-month-oldMore >>
Birmingham Police have confirmed that missing infant De'Anthony Kelly and his abductor, Dor'Sayde Gathright were located in Dallas, Texas Tuesday night, and were taken into custody without incident. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:53 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:53:05 GMT
Jury selection for the Casey Mark Burgess trial was scheduled to get underway Monday afternoon in Brandon. Thirty-six year-old Burgess is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault in the attemptedMore >>
Judge John Emfinger has sentenced Casey Mark Burgess to 20 years for aggravated assault and 10 years for attempted kidnapping. A jury found Casey Mark Burgess guilty of those charges Wednesday, in the attempted abduction of a woman in the Castlewoods area in September of 2011.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:14:24 GMT
There's a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck lodged on the east bank of the Pearl River, just below Interstate 20, in Rankin County. It is not clear how the truck got there, or exactly when.The truck was reportedMore >>
There's a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck lodged on the east bank of the Pearl River, just below Interstate 20, in Rankin County. It is not clear how the truck got there, or exactly when.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:24:37 GMT
The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for a fugitive on the run. Deputies say two men stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from their employer and one of the culprits is still loose.PublicMore >>
The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for a fugitive on the run. Deputies say two men stole more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from their employer and one of the culprits is still loose.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:42 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:42:49 GMT
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was found smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot. Matthew Leonard, 31, of Gainesville, FL has been charged with the intentMore >>
Pearl police say they seized several pounds of marijuana after a Florida man was caught smoking the drug in a restaurant parking lot.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:31 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:31:40 GMT
Ridgeland police officers and Madison County sheriff's deputies have surrounded a house on Bryceland Drive in Ridgeland. Lt. John Neil with the Ridgeland Police Department says a resident called policeMore >>
Ridgeland Chief of Police Jimmy Houston said the standoff in Ridgeland is resolved.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:10:32 GMT
Some Jackson business owners called 3 On Your Side about an intersection that has had more than it's share of traffic accidents. It's located in an area known as 5-points where Bailey Avenue crosses WoodrowMore >>
Some Jackson business owners called 3 On Your Side about an intersection that has had more than it's share of traffic accidents. It's located in an area known as 5-points where Bailey Avenue crosses Woodrow Wilson near the Jackson Medical Mall.More >>
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