History lesson…

I wrote several weeks ago about our upcoming anniversary trip. Well, it has come and gone, and it was fabulous! My husband went above and beyond in all aspects of our trip. Fabulous Bed & Breakfast at the Bryn Rose Inn!

A trip to the Coca-Cola Museum and The Doll and Toy Museum! (He knows me so well, I ADORE old dolls and toys!)

Topping off our activities was a trip to the Vicksburg National Park. We’d done some homework beforehand and had names and regiments of Civil War relatives. We aren’t sure if either were actually there, documentation isn’t readily available and a bit confusing, but nonetheless…

Upon entering we were greeted by canons…

Put yourself in the place of that soldier, likely a boy, lying on the ground just below the edge of the trench looking over the canon preparing to fire…

The Cairo was quite interesting. Erie even. Although all it’s sailors got off the boat before it sank, just the age of the exposed wood was creepy.

Before we came upon battlegrounds occupied by our ancestors, we reached the Union Cemetery on site. The mere number of graves is eye opening. Having been consumed with ancestry of late, this area moved me most. Many graves were marked with simple head-stones, but far more were marked simply with a small square marker engraved with a number.

Having reached many dead ends in my research, this saddened me greatly. Will anyone ever know who these men were? Will they remain only a number? How many people are searching for this un-named soldier?

Even some of the head-stones simply said U.S. Soldier…

Kneeling by the canon at Fort Nogales

Standing by same canon

My GGGrandfather James Franklin Sikes served with the 28th Louisiana. This marker(along with several others) mark the line his company held during the Siege of Vicksburg. Today trees block the view of the opposing Union Line.

Looking at copies of muster rolls I’ve collected, I’m almost positive he was here. A bit moving to stand where he could have stood, facing what they thought was a true enemy.

Keven’s relative served with the 38th Mississippi. Based on our records, we aren’t convinced he was at Vicksburg, but his Regiment was. These markers (Red Confederate, Blue Union) show just how close the lines were. This is a 38th Mississippi Line.

Amazing. Intimidating.

History has never been so real to me. Now I have names and places that make it real. Try it out sometime!

Just a thought!
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