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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Port Gibson, Mississippi

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1Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — A Fight at Midnight
On the afternoon of April 30, 1863, Confederate General Martin E. Green posted his brigade near Magnolia Church to defend this route to Port Gibson. Just after midnight, Green's pickets, stationed here at the Shaifer House, fired on the sixteen-man . . . Map (db m143709) HM
2Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — At the Center of the Battle
At daybreak, the Union soldiers who camped here found themselves in the midst of a rugged landscape of ridges and ravines. As it happened, they were also at the center of what would become the battlefield. From this knoll, Generals Grant and . . . Map (db m143854) HM
3Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Battle of Port Gibson
On May 1, 1863, Confederate forces under Brig. Gen. John Bowen clashed with elements of two Union corps commanded by Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant. The battle began around midnight near the Shaifer House four miles west of town. At dawn, the Federals . . . Map (db m35542) HM
4Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Battle of Port Gibson — A.K. Shaifer House
Confederate Gen. Martin E. Green on the afternoon of April 30, 1863, posted his brigade near Magnolia Church, with an outpost here. Shortly after midnight. Green rode forward to check on his pickets. Reaching this point, the general found Mrs. A. . . . Map (db m143319) HM
5Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Battle of Port Gibson — Federals Storm Confederate Stronghold at Magnolia Church
A night attack by Iowa and Wisconsin soldiers of Gen. E. A. Carr's division on Gen. M. E. Green's Confederates at this point was repulsed. At daybreak May 1, the Federals readied a new thrust. Gen. J. A. McClernand sent Gen. P. J. Osterhaus up the . . . Map (db m143571) HM
6Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Battle of Port Gibson — The Fight for Willow Creek
Gen. W. E. Baldwin's brigade reached Willow Creek about the time Gen. M. E. Green's troops were driven from Magnolia Church. Confederate Gen. J. S. Bowen had Baldwin form his troops in this undergrowth-filled bottom. Rebel cannoneers emplaced . . . Map (db m143845) HM
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7Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Battle of Port Gibson — Windsor Battlefield Tour
When the Union Navy was repulsed by General Bowen at Grand Gulf, Grant's army was forced to land in Louisiana and march down river. Conducting the largest amphibious landing prior to World War II, the Union Army crossed the river and landed without . . . Map (db m146559) HM
8Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Bayou Pierre Mounds — Mississippi Mound Trail
Of the three original mounds overlooking Bayou Pierre, only one remains. A pyramidal platform, Mound A is currently 16 feet tall. Excavations indicate that Native Americans built the mound in multiple stages during the Coles Creek Period, from AD . . . Map (db m103785) HM
9Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Bayou Pierre Presbyterian Church
Following the arrival of Presbyterian missionaries in 1801, Joseph Bullen and James Smylie organized the Bayou Pierre Church at this site in 1807. After part of the congregation formed the Bethel Church southwest of here in 1824, the remaining . . . Map (db m70394) HM
10Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Brashear Academy — Port Gibson Historic Tour
407 Walnut. 1857 Greek Revival. Erected as a school for young ladies. Brashear Academy became Chamberlain-Hunt Academy after the Civil War. Thereafter, used as a public school until purchased by the First Presbyterian Church.Map (db m139489) HM
11Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Campaign, Siege, and Defense of Vicksburg: 1863. — Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi, May 1.
The Union Army under command of Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant was composed of the 13th Corps and Logan's Division of the 17th Corps. The Confederate Army, under command of Brig. Gen. John S. Bowen, was composed of Tracy's, Cockrell's, Green's, and Baldwin's . . . Map (db m104412) HM
12Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Chamberlain-Hunt Academy — Port Gibson Historic Tour
Church and Miss. 547. 1900 Queene Anne. Chamberlain-Hunt was an outgrowth of Oakland College, which moved here from Alcorn, and has been operational since 1879. Damaged severely by the fire of 1924.Map (db m137994) HM
13Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Chamberlain-Hunt Academy
Founded 1879 as a preparatory school for boys by the Presbyterian Church. Named for Jer. Chamberlain, president, and David Hunt, major benefactor, of Oakland College (1826-1861), predecessor of this academy.Map (db m138721) HM
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14Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Claiborne County
Established on January 27, 1802, by first General Assembly. Claiborne County was the fourth county organized in the Mississippi Territory. Carved from Jefferson County (formerly Pickering County), of the Old Natchez District, the county was named . . . Map (db m103802) HM
15Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Claiborne County — Windsor Battlefield Tour
This local area was once a part of the mighty Choctaw Nation. The Choctaw Indians relinquished when they signed The Treaty of Commissioner's Creek in 1802. Among the white men who signed this treaty were David Hunt and Daniel Burnet. The first . . . Map (db m139187) HM
16Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Claiborne County — Windsor Battlefield Tour
The Caucasian habitation of Claiborne County began as a settlement on the banks of Bayou Pierre, a venture which perished in 1729. Pioneers again attempted to settle Grand Gulf in 1775. In 1802 the County officially established and named for the . . . Map (db m139493) HM
17Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Claiborne County Courthouse — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
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18Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Commercial Building — Port Gibson Historic Tour
212-14 Carrol. Ca. 1840 Greek Revival. One of the finest commercial/residential buildings from this era in Mississippi today. The center doorway opens to a stairhall which leads to the residence area upstairs.Map (db m139356) HM
19Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Commercial Buildings — Port Gibson Historic Tour
600 Block of Market. Ca. 1828-40. Federal/Greek Revival. This grouping of buildings had commercial space on the ground floor and either storage or living space above. Washington Hall at 601-09 Market was formerly a hotel.Map (db m139468) HM
20Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Dependency
An outbuilding in size and architectural detail to this one was constructed by Samuel Gibson, apparently at the same time as his residence circa 1805. The original dependency was probably used as a plantation office, school or weaving room. Since . . . Map (db m137981) HM
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21Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Drake Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour
1006 Church. Ca. 1900 Queen Anne. A stained glass transom over the large window of the protruding bay and decorative woodwork in the gable are characteristic of this architectural style.Map (db m139171) HM
22Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Englesing Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
702 Church. Ca. 1817 Federal. The birthplace of Constance Cary who was one of the young ladies involved in making the first Confederate battleflag. The small formal garden is the only one of its type remaining in Port Gibson.Map (db m104374) HM
23Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Field Surgery on the Porch
During the battle, and for weeks afterward, the Shaifer home served as a field hospital where amputations took place on benches and tables on the porches around the house. It was here that Charles Dana, a former journalist who was observing the . . . Map (db m143999) HM
24Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Fight for Hankinson's Ferry
As Logan's division marched west toward Grand Gulf on May 3, 1863, M. M. Crocker's division moved toward Hankinson's Ferry. At Kennison Creek, one mile north, the road was blocked by two Confederate brigades. After a spirited skirmish, the . . . Map (db m103822) HM
25Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — First Baptist M.B. Church
Founded in 1867 by freedmen. Moved to this site ca. 1896. Played a vital role in the Civil Rights Movement in Port Gibson. Beginning in 1965, the NAACP held meetings here to promote boycotts of local white merchants, who subsequently filed suit. In . . . Map (db m103805) HM
26Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — First Presbyterian Church
Second oldest Presbyterian Church in Old Southwest. Org. April, 1807, as Bayou Pierre Church. Moved to Port Gibson 1827. Zebulon Butler first resident pastor, 1827-60. Present structure built 1859.Map (db m103807) HM
27Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — First Presbyterian Church — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
609 Church. 1859-60 Romanesque Revival. This church with the hand pointing to heaven is the most famous building in Claiborne County. The original hand of gilded wood was carved by young Daniel Foley.Map (db m104345) HM
28Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — From This Site
From This Site Was Fired The First Shot In The Battle Of Port GibsonTop of Monument In Memory Of The Confederate Soldiers Who Fought And Fell In The Battle Of Port Gibson May 1, 1863.Map (db m143320) HM WM
29Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Gage House — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
602 Church. Ca. 1830-50 Federal/Greek Revival. One of the two remaining examples of this architectural style in Claiborne County. Double galleries have modified Tuscan colonnettes. The brick dependency possibly predated the home.Map (db m104368) HM
30Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — 4 — Grant at Hankinson's Ferry
After occupying Willow Springs on May 5. 1863,. Gen. U. S. Grant divided his force. The XVII Corps advanced on Hankinson s Ferry 5 miles north of here in two columns. Gen. M. M. Crocker's division driving up this road encountered a Confederate . . . Map (db m103849) HM
31Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Grindstone Ford
This ford marked the beginning of the wilderness of the Choctaw nation and the end of the old Natchez District. Nearby Fort Deposit was a supply depot for troops clearing the Trace in 1801-02, and troops were assembled here during the Burr . . . Map (db m61981) HM
32Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Guthrie Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
703 Church. Ca. 1840 Greek Revival/Italianate. Italianate long windows and protruding bay windows are typical of many houses built just before the Civil War. The interesting and unusual etched glass panel in the front door depicts a pelican.Map (db m104344) HM
33Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Heath Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour
1301 College. 1840's Queen Anne. The oldest portion of this house is a three room, one story wing at the south east corner.The Queen Anne addition, constructed in 1890, became the main living area.Map (db m139172) HM
34Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Hopkins House — Port Gibson Historic Tour
805 Church. Ca. 1845, Greek Revival. Reportedly constructed of flat boats in Grand Gulf in 1845 and moved to Port Gibson Ca. 1872. This Greek Revival cottage has typical square columns. Dormer windows have been added to the original structure.Map (db m139182) HM
35Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Hughes Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour
907 Church. Ca. 1825 Greek Revival. Home of Henry Hughes, author of the first textbook on sociology, who gave this science its name. Dr. Irwin Russell, the first writer to use Negro dialect in poetry, also lived here as a boy.Map (db m139173) HM
36Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Idlewild — Port Gibson Historic Tour
Ca. 1833 Greek Revival. Idlewild's interior is noted for its twelve foot doors and windows. Henry Clay made a speech from the front porch during his presidential campaign in the 1840's.Map (db m137984) HM
37Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Jewish Cemetery — Port Gibson Historic Tour
900 Marginal. 1870. Although Jewish families have played an important role in Port Gibson life since the 1830's, burials were made in the Jewish cemetery in Natchez prior to 1870.Map (db m139180) HM
38Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Judge Coleman Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour
1108 Church. Ca. 1830 Greek Revival. This home built by Judge Coleman was the site of a large political rally held for Henry Clay, during one of his early visits to Port Gibson.Map (db m139459) HM
39Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Judge Maury House — Port Gibson Historic Tour
302 Jackson. Ca. 1827-1840, Greek Revival. Henry Clay often visited in Port Gibson and stayed in this house as guest of his friend, Judge James H. Maury. Descendents of Judge Maury still live here (1979).Map (db m139354) HM
40Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Levy Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour
1202 Church. Ca. 1890 Stick Style. This house with its tall proportions, irregular silhouette, projecting eaves and exposed framing in the gables is an interesting example of the Stick Style.Map (db m138753) HM
41Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Lightfoot Park — Horace L. Lightfoot (1927-1976) — Tradesman • Businessman • Public Servant —
• Claiborne County native educated in local schools and Alcorn A & M College • First black citizen elected to the Claiborne County Board of Education - 1969 to 1974 • Operated a successful business on this site • Owned an . . . Map (db m104424) HM
42Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — 207 — Lil Green
Lil Green was known as the Queen of the Blues in the early 1940s when her distinctive, seductive voice was highlighted on “Romance in the Dark,” “Why Don’t You Do Right?” and other blues and pop songs recorded for the . . . Map (db m143094) HM
43Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Magnolia Church and the Battle along the Rodney Road
After firing the nighttime opening shots of the Battle of Port Gibson, Confederate skirmishers retreated to the ridge behind you to join the battle line that General Green formed in the dark. A volley from this line stopped the advancing Union' . . . Map (db m143740) HM
44Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Mangum Mound
Excavation of this site tells us much about the people of the late prehistoric periods. The Plaquemine culture included the ancestors of the modern tribes of Mississippi and Louisiana. It was a society with elaborate agriculturally oriented . . . Map (db m87325) HM
45Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — McDougall House — Port Gibson Historical Tour
509 Church. Ca. 1820 Greek Revival. The portico treatment featuring two round columns between two square columns is called distyle-in-antis. This arrangement is modeled after the Tower of the Winds in Athens. The Corinthian columns are carved from . . . Map (db m139490) HM
46Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — McGregor House — Port Gibson Historic Tour
Miss. 547. Ca. 1845 Greek Revival. Peter A. Van Dorn built this planter house which has the typical front and rear galleries, the latter now enclosed. The basic plan features two pairs of rooms flanking a center hall.Map (db m138725) HM
47Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Methodist Church — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
901 Church. 1858-60 Romanesque Revival. The original building was constructed in 1826, but was destroyed by fire in 1858. The new church built on the same site, was dedicated July 8, 1860.Map (db m104399) HM
48Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Oak Square — 1850-1906 — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
1207 Church Street. Port Gibson's largest mansion. This neoclassic house exemplifies the grandeur of antebellum days. The house with gardens and dependencies originally occupied the entire block. Named Oak Square because of the massive Oak trees . . . Map (db m139025) HM
49Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — O'Hara Cottage — Port Gibson Historic Tour
902 Farmer. Ca. 1850 Greek Revival. The original floor plan of this cottage consisted of one large room to either side of an entrance hall with front and rear galleries. A detached kitchen extended off the rear gallery.Map (db m139474) HM
50Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Old Magnolia Church Site — Windsor-Battlefield Tour
Magnolia Church was in the middle of some of the heaviest fighting of the battle, with the center of Brig. Gen. Martin Green's Confederate brigade being posted here. Union troops under command of Brig. Gens. Carr, Benton and Hovey and Col. Stone . . . Map (db m143705) HM
51Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Owens Creek
The sounds of a busy woodland stream and the quiet murmur of a lazy waterfall have long been stilled here. Only after a heavy rainfall does water fill the stream and set the waterfall singing.      Over the years the water table has dropped . . . Map (db m87327)
52Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Person Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour
1009 Church Street,Ca. 1880's Queen Anne. The house is noteworthy for the lavish display of stained glass on the front facade. The builder used a strange, free classic Corinthian order for his columns.Map (db m139028) HM
53Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Planter's Hotel — Port Gibson Historic Tour
405 Market. 1810-20 Federal. This large brick structure was one of the well known inns along the Natchez Trace. The famous actor Joseph Jefferson was a guest here. This is one of the oldest buildings in Claiborne County.Map (db m139471) HM
54Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Port Gibson
Incorporated in 1811, Port Gibson was first settled by Samuel Gibson, who acquired property along Bayou Pierre from the Spanish in 1788. First known as Gibson's Landing. Port Gibson, selected as the Claiborne County seat in 1803, had the state's . . . Map (db m103803) HM
55Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Port Gibson Bank — Port Gibson Historic Tour
702 Market. 1840 Greek Revival. This bank closed its doors during the Civil War but reopened afterwards as a hotel. Since 1890 it has been used for its original purpose. The hexastyle portico features unfluted Doric columns.Map (db m139458) HM
56Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Port Gibson City Hall — Built in 1838 by Presbyterians to house Port Gibson Academy
Methodists assumed ownership and the Academy was chartered as Port Gibson Collegiate Academy in 1854, becoming Port Gibson Female College in 1881. The school closed in 1928. On December 21, 1933 deeds were filed in the courthouse . . . Map (db m139047) HM
57Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Presbyterian Manse — Port Gibson Historic Tour
1103 Church Street. 1830-31 Greek Revival. This house was constructed the year following erection of the first building to house the First Presbyterian Church during the early ministry of Dr. Zebulon Butler.Map (db m139026) HM
58Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — 21 — Rabbit Foot Minstrels
During the first half of the 20th century, the African American Rabbit Foot Minstrels entertainers played a major role in spreading the blues via tours across the South. Founded in 1900, the “Foots” were headquartered in Port Gibson between 1918 and . . . Map (db m35545) HM
59Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Reconciliation and Reunions
After the war this house became a symbol of reconciliation between North and South. Although Confederate veteran A.K. "Kell" Shaifer Jr. lost his wife and two sons during the war and had his home and farm ravaged, he later made friends with several . . . Map (db m143901) HM
60Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Roman Catholic Cemetery — Port Gibson Historic Tour
700 Coffee. 1850's. Resin Bowie and his wife are buried here. According to tradition, Resin invented the "Bowie" knife with which his brother Jim Bowie fought the duel and became well known in history.Map (db m139181) HM
61Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Samuel Gibson House
This brick structure is thought to have been built ca. 1805 as a residence for Samuel Gibson, the founder of Port Gibson. It was moved from its original site to this location in 1980. Typical of the dwellings built during the early settlement of . . . Map (db m137975) HM
62Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Schillig Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour
1101 College Street. 1896 Queen Anne. This house is one of the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in Claiborne County. The style is indicative of a number of houses built in Port Gibson near the turn of the century.Map (db m139027) HM
63Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Shreve House — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
701 Church. Ca. 1825 Federal. The original floor plan consisted of four rooms, no center hall, front and back galleries. The designer and builder was Horatio Nelson Spencer, a prominent local attorney.Map (db m104354) HM
64Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Site of the Hermitage
W. 2 mi. Built about 1800 by George W. Humphreys, Birthplace of Benjamin Grubb Humphreys (1808-82). Brigadier General, C.S.A. Governor of Mississippi from 1865 to 1868.Map (db m103800) HM
65Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — 4 — Skirmish at Willow Springs
When Union Gen. J. B. McPherson's XVII Corps reached Grindstone Ford, 2 miles south of here at dusk on May 2, 1863, the troops found the bridge across Big Bayou Pierre burning. Col. J. H. Wilson and a detachment put out the fire. During the night . . . Map (db m103855) HM
66Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Spencer Home — Port Gibson Historic Tour
1302 Church. Ca. 1840. Greek Revival. The front part of this house is pegged together with wooden pegs rather than being nailed. The kitchen was in a separate building to the rear.Map (db m138751) HM
67Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — St. James Episcopal Church — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
808 Church. 1884-85. Ca. 1897 High Victorian Gothic. The architect was W.P. Wentworth from Boston. The entire structure reflects contemporary architectural developments in Massachusetts rather than in Mississippi.Map (db m104400) HM
68Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — St. Peter A.M.E. Church — Port Gibson Historic Tour
409 Church. Ca. 1885 High Victorian Gothic. This church was founded in 1870. The building is a simplified version of the High Victorian Gothic style popular in the United States in the latter half of the nineteenth century.Map (db m139491) HM
69Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Sunken Trace
Preserved here is a portion of the deeply eroded or “sunken” Old Trace. Hardships of journeying on the Old Trace included heat, mosquitoes, poor food, hard beds (if any), disease, swollen rivers, and sucking swamps. Take 5 minutes to walk this . . . Map (db m87313) HM
70Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Temple Gemiluth Chassed — Port Gibson Historic Tour —
706 Church. 1891-92 Victorian Moro-Byzantine Revival. The architects of Temple Gemiluth Chassed, which means gift of the righteous, combined Moorish, Byzantine and Romanesque styles to produce a building unique in Mississippi.Map (db m104343) HM
71Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — The Federals Occupy Port Gibson
About dark on May 1, 1863, Gen. W. E. Baldwin's Confederates retreated through Port Gibson. After crossing the suspension bridge over Little Bayou Pierre, the Confederates set it afire. On the morning of the 2d. the Union army entered the beautiful . . . Map (db m103808) HM
72Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — The Port Gibson Boycott
On April 1, 1966, the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) imposed an economic boycott on the majority of the white-owned businesses in Port Gibson/Claiborne County. In the months leading up to the . . . Map (db m104340) HM
73Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — The Quandary of Freedom
After Grant's army came ashore at Bruinsburg, each enslaved person in this area was faced with a decision: whether or not to flee to freedom. Directly in the path of the Union army, the slaves who lived and worked on the Shaifer farm certainly . . . Map (db m144111) HM
74Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — The Road to Vicksburg
On the afternoon of May 3, 1863, Union Gen. U.S. Grant rode west past this intersection to Grand Gulf while Gen. John A. Logan's division turned north toward Vicksburg. Logan was in pursuit of the Confederate force that had abandoned Grand Gulf . . . Map (db m173365) HM
75Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — The Shaifer Farmstead
From here you see where the nineteenth century path intersects with the auxiliary "plantation road." During the battle, this road provided the Union command a direct link with their left flank engaged along the Bruinsburg Road to the north. . . . Map (db m143713) HM
76Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — The Vicksburg Campaign and Siege — A Guide to the Campaign Trail — Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Parker Hills —
In April of 1861, rumors of Civil War became a reality at Charleston harbor when Fort Sumter was fired upon by Southern forces. Many leaders, both North and South, believed that a dash to capture the opposing side's capital city would bring a quick . . . Map (db m139494) HM WM
77Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Van Dorn House — (Located One-Half Mile to the East)
Originally named "The Hill," this house was built by Peter Aaron Van Dorn, ca. 1828. Located on one of Port Gibson's highest hills, the brick and cypress house was constructed from the resources presumed to be local. Distinctive features of the . . . Map (db m137977) HM
78Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Van Dorn House — Port Gibson Historic Tour
Ca. 1830 Federal. Built by Peter A. Van Dorn, New Jersey native who purchased this land in 1826. In 1817 Van Dorn was first clerk of the State House of Representatives. Boyhood home of Van Dorn's son, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn.Map (db m143065) HM
79Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Windsor Mounds — Mississippi Mound Trail
Windsor Mounds includes four rectangular platform mounds overlooking Bayou Pierre. Mound A, visible from the road, is the largest at over 30 feet, and has a ramp extending toward the east. Mounds B, C, and D range in height from 3 to 16 feet. The . . . Map (db m103783) HM
80Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Windsor Ruins
Smith Coffee Daniell II, a successful cotton planter, completed construction of Windsor in 1861. Daniell owned 21,000 acres of plantation land in Louisiana and Mississippi. Ironically, he died in April 1861, only weeks after completing his . . . Map (db m70541) HM
81Mississippi (Claiborne County), Port Gibson — Wintergreen Cemetery — Port Gibson Historic Tour
Greenwood Street. 1807. This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Mississippi. Originally the burying ground of Samuel Gibson, founder of Port Gibson, and his family. Confederate General Earl Van Dorn is also buried here.Map (db m137999) HM
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