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

Happy Home

 

—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

 
Happy Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. Happy Home Marker
Inscription.
Anchuca (An-choo-ka)
Built in 1830 and surviving the Civil War, Anchuca was named with a Choctaw Indian word meaning "happy home". In 1868 the house was occupied by Joseph Davis oldest brother to Jefferson Davis), a very successful Vicksburg lawyer and plantation owner. On Christmas Day 1868, President Johnson issued a pardon to all persons involved in the Confederate rebellion and Jefferson Davis was released from prison. Jefferson later returned to Vicksburg and it is believed that locals gathered at Anchuca to greet Davis and he spoke to them from the balcony.

Jefferson Davis
President, Confederate States of America
Prior to being the only president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Graduating in 1828, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army for the next six years before returning to Vicksburg. In 1845 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The following year he resigned and re-joined the U.S. Army to lead the Mississippi Rifles Regiment during the Mexican-American War. In the years following the war, Jefferson was first elected to the U.S. Senate, then appointed as Secretary of War, and again elected to the Senate. When Mississippi seceded from the Union, Davis resigned as senator and returned to
The Anchuca mansion image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. The Anchuca mansion
Vicksburg.

Brierfield Plantation
When Jefferson Davis returned to Vicksburg (1835) after serving in the U.S. Army, his brother gave him Brierfield Plantation just south of Vicksburg. For many years, Brierfield was a thriving plantation with over 1,000 acres. During the Civil War, Union forces used it as field headquarters and a hospital.
 
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 21.274′ N, 90° 52.641′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on First East Street east of Cherry Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1010 First East Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anchuca (within shouting distance of this marker); Prince Hall Masonry Founded in Mississippi (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Main and Cherry (about 400 feet away); Strong in Faith (about 400 feet away); Bethel A.M.E. Church
Another historical marker nearby. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Another historical marker nearby.
(about 400 feet away); Governor "Turkey Runner" (about 400 feet away); Judge Lake (about 500 feet away); Vicksburg's First Bank (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Anchuca. (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on the Brierfield Plantation. (Submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsWar, US Civil
 
View of marker with mansion on right. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
4. View of marker with mansion on right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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