Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —
Around 1860, Frederic Baum and his wife Ellen Chambers Baum had a home in the middle of a fabulous apple orchard located in this area. Frederic had several businesses, was an alderman for the City of Vicksburg, and served on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. The Baum's donated land near the apple orchard for new city streets. The land along the new roads was divided into lots forming Vicksburg's first neighborhood". The streets were named Baum Street, Frederic Street, and Chambers Street after the land donors.
Charles Earl Boles served in the Union Army, 116th Illinois Regiment during the Siege of Vicksburg. After being released from the army he headed out West to hunt for gold. Later, in July of 1875, Boles dressed in nice clothes, cut holes in a flour sack, put it over his head, and robbed a Wells Fargo stagecoach. Thus was born the infamous "Black Bart". He became known for dressing well, being exceptionally well mannered, and leaving poems he had written. He never hurt anybody, never robbed passengers and committed 28 robberies before being caught. Black Bart was given a light prison sentence and paroled after only 4 years.
A Black Bart Poem
Here I lay me down to Sleep
To wait the coming morrow
Perhaps Success perhaps
And everlasting Sorrow
Let come what will I'll try it on
My condition can't be worse
And if there's money in the Box
'Tis munny in my purse.
Erected 2017 by the City of Vicksburg. (Marker Number 31.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi, Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 20.384′ N, 90° 52.744′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherry Street and Baum Street, on the left when traveling south on Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2130 Cherry Street, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blue Roof (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vicksburg Garden Club (about 600 feet away); President Dwight Eisenhower (about 700 feet away); Magnolia High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Speed Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Signal Corps (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marcus Bottom (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lum Home (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Black Bart. (Submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.