Vicksburg Texas Music
Mississippi Blues Commission has placed a historic marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in Port Gibson, Miss. to commemorate the contributions of the Rabbit Foot Company to the state's blues music scene. Vicksburg has come a long way from its roots as the birthplace of blues in the early 20th century.
The park contains the remains of the Battle of Vicksburg during the American Civil War, which took place between 18 May and 4 July 1863. Located along the Mississippi River along the city of Port Gibson, Miss., north of Jackson, Mississippi, the park also commemorates the great Vickburg campaign that led to the battle, which included the reconstruction of a rebuilt fortress and trenches, and the construction of new roads and bridges across the river. It also recalls the "Great Vickersburg Campaign," which preceded the battles. This was a small campaign in terms of the number of troops involved and the number of casualties, but armies of similar size were not concentrated and had a much greater influence in the area than the larger, more successful campaigns of 1861 and 1862.
After crossing the Mississippi south of Vicksburg and Bruinsburg, Grant won battles at Port Gibson and Raymond and conquered Jackson, Mississippi, the state's capital, before driving northeast and forcing Pemberton to retreat west. The 40-day siege ended on July 4, 1863, the same day Lee Pickett sent to Cemetery Ridge Cemetery and accidentally lost the Battle of Gettysburg. As a result, the federal forces capitulated at Vickersburg in the fall of July 8, and the Confederacy was split in two. After the capitulation of Port Hudson (July 9), the Tennessee River was firmly in Union hands, but the fortress city fell to the Vickburg campaign and it continued with smaller actions. It was still in Confederate hands, but only for a moment; after the capture of the fortresses of Fort Sumter and Fort McPherson it was no longer in federal hands.
The capture of Vicksburg was thus complete, but it would quickly lead to the realization that the Confederacy would be split into two parts, with the federal administration denying the eastern part the livestock, grain, and other supplies it needed. Had it held Vickersburg, it could move its own troops and supplies to the Deep South through the Mississippi and into Mississippi itself.
The presence of the Confederate Army of South Carolina at Millikens Bend in Mississippi was particularly troubling. Her presence could potentially help in Confederate attempts to leave Vicksburg, and she attacked it to cut off Grant's supply lines.
The Confederates evacuated Haynes Bluff, which was occupied by Sherman's cavalry on May 19. Union steamships were now able to dock dozens of times on the Yazoo River, and in Vicksburg they no longer had to run out of weapons. Confederate soldiers and citizens were trapped in the river when Union gunboats fired on it. Both the Union and Confederate Armed Forces were engaged, but no free time was found for the Confederate Army of South Carolina.
Gilmer's official 47 Yamboree Band was the official band of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A & M University Band. They traveled to Enid and were accompanied by Penn State officials, to name just a few of the contests they participated in.
First, although Vicksburg was a devastating defeat, Confederate states were reluctant to participate in such construction. As Donald Miller made clear in his book "Confederacy, broken by Vickburg and Grant's campaign," the difficulty of such a task has not been lessened by the obvious benefits of coping with it.
When William Tecumseh Sherman attempted to capture Vicksburg a few months later by storming it from Chickasaw Bayou, northeast of the city, he was turned away and lost more than 1,000 of his own men. In May and June 1863, black troops who fought and died at Milliken's bend in the river northwest of Vickburg set out back to the Confederate capital. Two years of fighting along the Mississippi River ended in July 1863 with the surrender of a fortress at Vickersburg.
The Trans-Mississippi Department, which included the states of Arkansas, Texas, and parts of Louisiana, cut off the rest of the Confederate States and effectively split the Confederate Confederacy into two for the duration of that war. The states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas were cut off from the rest of their states - from the Mississippi department in the Mississippi River Valley - in order to divide the Confederates in two during the war.
Vicksburg has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire state of Texas and a great history. We woke up early Saturday morning to visit Vickersburg National Military Park before driving south on Highway 61. There is a scenic back road along the Mississippi that you can take to drive south on the back road through Bayou Land.