Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
In 1910 Vicksburg communicated with Andrew Carnegie about the need for a public library. In 1916 the Carnegie Library was completed with a majority of the funding donated by the Carnegie Foundation. This building served as Vicksburg's library for 63 years.
Jefferson Davis served as the U.S. Secretary of War from 1853 to 1857. During that time he was persuaded by several officers to conduct an experiment using camels for pack animals in desert regions. A total of 77 camels were acquired from Egypt and taken to Camp Verde, Texas where the U.S. Camel Corps was headquartered.
The 43rd Mississippi Infantry came to Vicksburg to help fight the Union forces. Arriving with them was their uncommon mascot, a camel, named Old Douglas. It's assumed that he was confiscated from the Camel Corps. There are reports that it was quite a sight to see a camel walking around town during the Siege of Vicksburg. Old Douglas was shot by a Union sharpshooter and died during the siege. A monument honoring Old Douglas was placed in Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery in the Confederate Soldiers Rest area.
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 23.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Education • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list.
Location. 32° 20.915′ N, 90° 52.798′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Monroe Street and Crawford Street, on the left when traveling south on Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 Monroe Street, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisiana Civil War Monument (here, next to this marker); Combat Wounded Veterans (a few steps from this marker); Small Beginnings (a few steps from this marker); C S Headquarters Stevenson's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Warren County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vicksburg-Warren-County Memorial. (within shouting distance of this marker); 901, 905, 913 Crawford Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Douglas the Camel. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.