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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Selection of a President

 
 
The Selection of a President Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. The Selection of a President Marker
Inscription. On a February day in 1861 as Jefferson and Varina Davis were pruning roses on the lawn at Brierfield, their home south of Vicksburg, a messenger arrived informing Davis that he had been elected president of the Confederate States of America. Mrs. Davis wrote, "He looked so grieved that I feared some evil had befallen our family. After a few minutes' painful silence, he told me, as a man might speak of a sentence of death...." He left the next day for Montgomery, Ala., for the inauguration, making his first speech as president-elect at the Vicksburg Wharf. Davis was a graduate of West Point and a hero of the Mexican War. He served in the United States Congress, Senate, and was Secretary of War. After the War Between the States, he was a greatly-revered Southern statesman and predicted for America "a future full of promise, a future of expanding national glory, before which all the world will stand amazed."
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Erected 2003 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Location. 32° 21.042′ N, 90° 53.043′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Levee Street north of Clay Street, on the left when traveling north
The Selection of a President Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. The Selection of a President Mural
. Touch for map. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levee Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Exploration - Fort Nogales (here, next to this marker); "The War Between the States" (here, next to this marker); Prehistoric Settlement in Warren County (a few steps from this marker); The Sultana's Last Voyage (a few steps from this marker); Sisters of Mercy (a few steps from this marker); The Making of a City (a few steps from this marker); C.S.S. Arkansas (within shouting distance of this marker); "New Beginnings & Lasting Legacies" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, Mexican-AmericanWar, US Civil
 
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 2, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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