Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
If Walls Could Talk
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Warren County Court House
The Reverend Newit Vick, Vicksburg's founder, originally planned to build his home on this site; however, after he and his wife both fell victim to yellow fever in August of 1819, this site was set aside to forever be a "Public Square". Built atop one of the highest bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, the Court House was completed in October of 1860, just two months before Mississippi seceded from the Union.
Admiral Porter's Union gunboats "threw a few shots about the courthouse". This prompted the Confederate Army to begin holding Union prisoners in the courtroom to prevent Union shelling of the building. During the 1862 bombardment of Vicksburg by the Union Navy, Confederate Generals Breckenridge, Lee, and Van Dorn watched the action from the cupola atop the courthouse.
Saved from Destruction
After the new court house was completed, the activism of Eva W. Davis saved the old court house building from being torn down. In 1948 it became a museum and was the first building in Mississippi to be named a National Historic Landmark.
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 12.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Buildings • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1819.
Location. 32° 21.148′ N, 90° 52.677′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherry Street and Jackson Street, on the right when traveling north on Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1009 Cherry 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. Growing and Changing (here, next to this marker); Mississippi Dental Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Works Agency (within shouting distance of this marker); Vicksburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Hard Times Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Natchez District (about 300 feet away); South Central Bell (about 400 feet away); Remarkable Orator (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Old Warren County Courthouse. (Submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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 149 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.