Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The Daily Citizen
— Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Steele Cottage was constructed on this hillside with an indoor cistern in 1829. The brick cistern (still in place today) stored rain that fell on the roof that was used to supply running water for the house. During the Civil War the home was owned by J.M. Swords, the publisher/editor of The Daily Citizen newspaper. Because of the Siege of Vicksburg, Swords ran out of newsprint for his paper but continued to print daily on the back of wallpaper.
Vicksburg Pierced Columns
"Pierced Columns", first used around the 1870s, appear throughout Vicksburg. Although the exact origin has never been determined, there is speculation that they were designed by a steamboat carpenter. Gambling was very prevalent on steam-boats and many of the columns bear designs from playing cards - spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds.
Unlike the typical large, single-post columns that were most common, the "pierced columns" were constructed from two smaller posts with a design cut into a board mounted between them. The mystery still exists as to the origins of the "pierced columns", but it has been proven
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
Location. 32° 21.01′ N, 90° 52.643′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Adams Street south of China Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1208 Adams 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. Saved by the Jail... (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Featherston-Magruder House (about 400 feet away); Business Men (about 600 feet away); John D. Cobb House (about 600 feet away); Hard Times Square (about 600 feet away); Debate and Decision (about 600 feet away); Pemberton Headquarters (about 600 feet away); Sisters of Mercy (about 600 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 124 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.