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

Small Beginnings

 

—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

 
Small Beginnings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. Small Beginnings Marker
Inscription.
Davis-Mitchell House (1872)
Dr. Charles Mitchell built the house in 1872 for his wife Lucy Bradford who was Jefferson Davis's niece. In 1884 this small house became the first office for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg. Captain Eric Bergland, a Union officer during the Siege of Vicksburg, established the office and was the Vicksburg District's first commander.

The engineering community continued to grow and Vicksburg is now home to the Mississippi River Commission, the Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers, and the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).

John Lane House (1833)
John Lane, the son-in-law of Vicksburg's founder Newit Vick, built the home in 1833. Lane was the executor of the Vick's will and donated the "Public Square" where the Old Court House is located. Lane, like his father-in-law, was a Methodist minister and died of yellow fever in the epidemic of 1855.

Confederate General Stephen D. Lee lived in this home after.the Civil War. During the Siege of Vicksburg Lee had been General Pemberton's Chief of Artillery. Lee was instrumental in establishing the Vicksburg National Military Park. He became the first chairman of the Vicksburg Park Commission after President William McKinley signed the legislation establishing the
View of marker with the Davis-Mitchell House in background on corner. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
2. View of marker with the Davis-Mitchell House in background on corner.
park.

John Upton Young House (1873)
Captain Upton Young was wounded at three different battles during the Civil War. Union forces captured him near Vicksburg before the siege began. Later he was paroled and after the war returned to Vicksburg, married and built his home in 1873. He was a well known attorney and later served as a judge.

Bloom Fountain (1929)
Louis Bloom set aside $6,500.00 in his will to purchase a fountain for the City of Vicksburg. Bloom was a notable Jewish businessman who had lived in Vicksburg most of his life. After his passing in 1926 the executors of his will reached an agreement with the City and the fountain was placed here in 1929. The Greek Goddess Hebe tops the fountain. She is the goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus, and lived on Mount Olympus with her husband Hercules.

Photo captions
Across the street from these three homes was one of Vicksburg's early hospitals. The hospital started as a house in the 1830s and additions and remodeling continued into the 1900s.
Louis Bloom had several patents granted. One of them was for a new suspender design.

 
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 24.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail
Bloom Fountain across from the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
3. Bloom Fountain across from the marker.
marker series.
 
Location. 32° 20.924′ N, 90° 52.795′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Crawford Street and Monroe Street, on the right when traveling east on Crawford Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Crawford Street, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Combat Wounded Veterans (here, next to this marker); C S Headquarters Stevenson's Division (a few steps from this marker); Rose Garden (a few steps from this marker); Louisiana Civil War Monument (a few steps from this marker); 901, 905, 913 Crawford Street (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); Cherry Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Places
 
Mississippi River Commission image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
4. Mississippi River Commission
The John Lane House (in middle) at 905 Crawford Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 26, 2017
5. The John Lane House (in middle) at 905 Crawford Street.
The Judge Upton Young House is to right of the John Lane house at 913 Crawford Street.
 
 
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 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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