Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Seargent Smith Prentiss (1808-1850)
Built before 1837 this was once the office of Seargent Smith Prentiss, a famous lawyer and politician. Prentiss was well known and loved as a remarkable orator. Daniel Webster, one of the foremost orators of the day, stated that he had never beheld a speaker as powerful as Prentiss. While settling the founder of Vicksburg's will, he was involved in an ongoing legal dispute over valuable riverfront property. Prentiss had become one of the wealthiest men in the state by developing the property until the case was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. This and other complications led to his economic downfall. His premature death in 1850 at the age of 41 left the nation grieving the loss of a well-spoken and bright man.
"In Defense of a Bedbug"
Once, while traveling, Seargent Prentiss and his companions were awakened by the bites of bedbugs. All favored execution of the culprits except Prentiss who decided to defend the bedbugs. Guests at the inn were awakened to serve as judge and jury for this late night mock trial. Then Prentiss, the great orator, launched into a long speech to defend and save the bedbugs. In the end, because his speech was so eloquent, the bedbugs were acquitted of all charges!
The streets in the original
Admiral Porter's Union fleet below the Prentiss House during the Surrender of Vicksburg.
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 21.141′ N, 90° 52.752′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Monroe Street north of Grove Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1010 Monroe Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Men of Kindness (within shouting distance of this marker); South Central Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Natchez District (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi Dental Association (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Women of Influence Vicksburg (about 300 feet away); If Walls Could Talk (about 400 feet away); Growing and Changing (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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 65 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.