Thursday, February 28, 2008
Vicksburg, Mississippi - Old Courthouse Museum
This beautiful structure in Vicksburg, Mississippi is the city's historic Old Courthouse. Now a museum, it is located at 1008 Cherry Street downtown and is a major landmark of the city.
Built in 1858 on the grounds where Jefferson Davis began his political career, the courthouse was a key landmark during the 1863 Battle of Vicksburg. Although clearly visible to Union gunners outside the city, the courthouse was not materially damaged during the siege.
On July 4, 1863, the United States flag was raised from the clock tower officially ending one of the most important battles of the Civil War.
Today the courthouse contains an outstanding collection of artifacts relating to the history of Vicksburg and Mississippi. To learn more, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/vicksburg1.