Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
You are in Vicksburg's oldest neighborhood where many structures are antebellum. An-te-bel-lum is derived from Latin meaning "before the war."
Duff Green Mansion
In 1856 a wealthy cotton broker, Duff Green, built his mansion using skilled enslaved labor and bricks that were fired on-site. This grand home survived the Siege of Vicksburg because Green designated it a "hospital" where both Confederate and Union soldiers were treated. After the surrender, recuperating Union soldiers took control of the home.
In early Vicksburg, the Kangaroo Saloon stood just north of here. It grew into a lawless entertainment establishment and a gambler's refuge. In July of 1835, local citizens were sick of the drunken incidents and got together to roust the gamblers who were just as determined to stay. A monumental event and bloody riot left six people dead including the citizens' leader Doctor Hugh Bodley. One block to the north is the monument erected in honor of his sacrifice while helping to improve Vicksburg.
Bottom left: Mark Twain noted in his book "Life on the Mississippi" (1883) that conversation still "drifted into talk about the lynching of the gamblers in Vicksburg half a century
Top Right: Duff Green Mansion 1864
Bottom right: The day Vicksburg "cleaned house" was still newsworthy 72 years later!
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 8.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 21.26′ N, 90° 52.528′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Locust Street and First East Street, on the left when traveling north on Locust Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1114 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. Christ Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); Judge Lake (about 500 feet away); Anchuca (about 500 feet away); Happy Home (about 600 feet away); Main and Cherry (about 800 feet away); Prince Hall Masonry Founded in Mississippi (approx. 0.2 miles away); Strong in Faith (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Categories. • Notable Buildings • War, US Civil •
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 77 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of Dr. Hugh Bodley monument, located at the corner of Farmer St. & 1st East St. • Can you help?