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

Rose Garden

 

—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

 
Rose Garden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. Rose Garden Marker
Inscription. In 1887 the State of Louisiana placed the first Confederate monument, here, in the middle of Monroe Street. The monument preceded the establishment of the National Military Park by 12 years. Later the City of Vicksburg dedicated this garden area to honor all veterans. The World War I Monument was placed here in 1923. Brothers William and Henry Allein are depicted on each side of the monument. They were two young men from Vicksburg who died 21 days apart in Europe during the First World War.

Carnegie Library
In 1910 Vicksburg communicated with Andrew Carnegie about the need for a public library. In 1916 the Carnegie Library was completed with a majority of the funding donated by the Carnegie Foundation. This building served as Vicksburg's library for 63 years.

Failed Experiment
Jefferson Davis served as the U.S. Secretary of War from 1853 to 1857. During that time he was persuaded by several officers to conduct an experiment using camels for pack animals in desert regions. A total of 77 camels were acquired from Egypt and taken to Camp Verde, Texas where the U.S. Camel Corps was headquartered. The camels were used for different experimental tasks through the years. The experiment did not produce the desired results and the program was abandoned. The last of the camels
Marker at the Louisiana Confederate Monument with the former Carnegie Library on far right. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
2. Marker at the Louisiana Confederate Monument with the former Carnegie Library on far right.
The Old Vicksburg Public Library was built with a $25,000.00 grant from the Andrew Carnegie foundation, which almost covered the entire cost.
were sold off in 1875.

Old Douglas
The 43rd Mississippi Infantry came to Vicksburg to help fight the Union forces. Arriving with them was their uncommon mascot, a camel, named Old Douglas. It's assumed that he was confiscated from the Camel Corps. There are reports that it was quite a sight to see a camel walking around town during the Siege of Vicksburg. Old Douglas was shot by a Union sharpshooter and died during the siege. A monument honoring Old Douglas was placed in Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery in the Confederate Soldiers Rest area.
 
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 23.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 20.915′ N, 90° 52.798′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Monroe Street and Crawford Street, on the left when traveling south on Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 Monroe Street, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisiana Civil War Monument (here, next to this marker); Combat Wounded Veterans (a few steps from this marker); Small Beginnings (a few steps from this marker); C S Headquarters Stevenson's Division (within shouting distance of this marker); Warren County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vicksburg-Warren-County Memorial. (within shouting distance of this marker); 901, 905, 913 Crawford Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Douglas the Camel. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. AnimalsEducationWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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