Jen’s Journal – January 18, 2020

Day 203: Rocky Springs Campground, Natchez Trace, MS


We stayed at a free National Park Service campground along the Natchez Trace, an old Indian trading trail. From here it is a short drive to Vicksburg.

The Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates the 97-day battles and siege of Vicksburg in 1863. Once Vicksburg fell, the US would have full use of the Mississippi River and split the Confederacy in half. The park therefore is organized as a drive past the US positions and the Confederate States positions.

We drove the battlefield tour and spent time in the visitor center and USS Cairo museum. It rained on and off.

After the visitor center and before the auto tour we went in to town to the Key City Brewery for some tastes and a pizza. We walked around downtown Vicksburg for a while.

I have had enough rainy days and sad history. It’s time to go to New Orleans.

3 thoughts on “Jen’s Journal – January 18, 2020

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  1. I found in my family history a relative who was wounded in Natchez. I wish I had told you earlier to go to Oak Alley. I sent you an email you should at least look it up and look at the picture.


    1. Will do. Thanks! But, I don’t think there was fighting in Natchez? That’s why all the antebellum buildings survived. Tom reminded me a seven year old named Rosalie was killed.


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