“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

Judge Lake


— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

Judge Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. Judge Lake Marker
Lakemont was built in 1835 by Judge William Lake who served in the United States Congress (1855-1856) and in the Mississippi House of Representatives (1859-1861). In 1861, while campaigning for the Confederate Congress, Judge Lake and his opponent, Colonel Henry Chambers, swapped slurs about each other. On October 15, Lake challenged Chambers to a duel which he unfortunately lost.

Mary Lake Green
In 1856 Judge Lake's daughter, Mary, married Mr. Duff Green, the wealthy cotton broker who built the Duff Green Mansion.

You Never Know...
When Judge Lake was killed during the duel, Captain Thomas Leathers was his “Second". Leathers was the captain and owner of the famed Natchez paddle wheeler and piloted the vessel during the famous race on the Mississippi River against the Robert E. Lee. Captain Leathers held Lake in his lap as he died from the gun shot. In 1896, 35 years later, Captain Leathers (80 years old) was run over by a hit-and-run bicyclist in New Orleans. His head hit the pavement and a young man, who witnessed the incident, held Leathers
Lakemont (ca. 1830) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
2. Lakemont (ca. 1830)
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in his lap as he died. It was later determined that the young man who held the captain was the grandson of Judge Lake. At the time of the accident the grandson had no idea of the connection between the captain and his grandfather.

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Take a look... The wrought iron fence and gate are original to the home (1835). The damage on the gate was caused by a Union cannon shell striking it during the Siege of Vicksburg!
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 10.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 15, 1835.
Location. 32° 21.209′ N, 90° 52.598′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Adams Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1103 Main Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main and Cherry (about 400
Judge Lake marker & Lakemont house. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
3. Judge Lake marker & Lakemont house.
feet away); Anchuca (about 400 feet away); Happy Home (about 500 feet away); Antebellum (about 500 feet away); If Walls Could Talk (about 500 feet away); Growing and Changing (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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