Monday, August 6, 2012

Getaway to Anchuca

A couple of weekend ago we took a short get-away to Vicksburg. It was a divine two nights and three days! It's less than an hour away but it feels like a different world.

We stayed at an amazing B&B called Anchuca - a Choctaw word meaning "happy home"  - and the site of one of President Jefferson Davis' last public addresses to the people of Vicksburg after The War Between the States. Built in 1830 the Greek Revival mansion was the first columned home built in Vicksburg. It was used as a hospital during the Siege of 1863.

The history nerd in me had a very fulfilling weekend, and Doc had a great time learning all about canon and riverboats during the Siege of Vicksburg at the Vicksburg National Military Park. The military park is 16 miles of monuments, canon, graves, etc. and we didn't miss a thing on Saturday. In 1900 soldiers from both sides came back and marked where they stood during the battle. Blue signs are North and Red signs are South - it's an easy way to see the battle lines.

The Shirley House is the only surviving wartime structure in the park and it served as headquarters for the 45th Illinois Infantry. It was beautiful!

We caught a re-enactment of the firing of a cannon - it was very, very loud.

This is the USS Cairo and Museum is a restored Yankee gunboat. It became the first ship in history to be sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo when on December 12, 1862 it tried to go up the Yazoo River just north of Vicksburg to destroy Confederate batteries and to clear the channel of underwater mines. It sank in twelve minutes in 36 feet of water - all on board survived.

The food was fabulous - we ate at Rusty's for dinner Friday night and had alligator bites, redfish and a shrimp po-boy, The Biscuit Company for lunch on Saturday and Cedar Grove Restaurant for supper on Saturday night. We also checked out one of the casinos and I won $25 at my first game of crabs. It was fun!

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