Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Vicksburg's First Bank
—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Planters Bank of Mississippi
Built in 1834 Planters Hall housed Vicksburg's first bank. During early banking in Mississippi, state law required the bank president and his family to live on the second story of the bank. When the bank failed in 1842, the building became a private residence.
William McRae, one of Warren County's sheriffs, purchased the house in 1854. During the shelling of the city in 1862, Lucy McRae, described in her diary the day "Papa almost died." Papa was standing in the front bedroom watching the battle between Federal gunboats and Confederate batteries when a shell fragment broke the window, passed through his beard, and imbedded into the wall next to him!
After the Surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, many of the local homes were occupied by Union troops during Reconstruction. Planters Hall was used by Union General Elias Smith Dennis for his headquarters.
Another First in Vicksburg
Foot-specific shoes were invented in 1818, but "straight" shoes continued to be the most commonly sold through 1850. In 1884 Phil Gilbert's Shoe Parlor in Vicksburg, Mississippi was the very first merchant to put shoes together in pairs and sell them in boxes!
Lest We Forget
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 21.224′ N, 90° 52.738′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Monroe Street, on the left when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Monroe Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Planters' Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Women of Influence (within shouting distance of this marker); Bethel A.M.E. Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main and Cherry (about 400 feet away); Prince Hall Masonry Founded in Mississippi (about Governor "Turkey Runner" (about 400 feet away); Strong in Faith (about 400 feet away); Remarkable Orator (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War, Korean • War, US Civil • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 5. submitted on April 1, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.