Reconciliation and Reunions
After the war this house became a symbol of reconciliation between North and South. Although Confederate veteran A.K. "Kell" Shaifer Jr. lost his wife and two sons during the war and had his home and farm ravaged, he later made friends with several Union soldiers who had fought in area.
A letter from an Indiana veteran sparked a correspondence between Kell Shaifer and former Union soldiers that lasted some fifty years. Shaffer, honored all who fought here and for some twenty-one years after the war sent magnolia blossoms to decorate the graves of the Union veterans from Mitchell, Indiana. He visited the north at least twice an host to numerous groups of Union veterans here at his home.
This group of Union veterans from Mitchell, Indiana is among many who visited the Shaifer farm reviving their wartime memories. After the opening of the Vicksburg Military Park in 1899, Civil War tourism in the area increased.
William Duffner, a veteran of the 24th Indiana Infantry made this double-rocker chair painted with the battle campaign maps, and presented it to his southern friend Kell Shaifer.Upon
Location. 31° 56.882′ N, 91° 2.159′ W. Marker is in Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker can be reached from Shaifer Road 1½ miles west of Bessie Weathers Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Field Surgery on the Porch (a few steps from this marker); At the Center of the Battle (a few steps from this marker); The Quandary of Freedom (a few steps from this marker); From This Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shaifer Farmstead (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Port Gibson (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fight at Midnight (within shouting distance of this marker); Magnolia Church and the Battle along the Rodney Road (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gibson.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the A.K. Shaifer House Mississippi historic site.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.