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On the Home Front in Vicksburg, Key to the Confederacy

Program Number: 1607RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/12/2013 - 5/17/2013; 4/5/2015 - 4/10/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/18/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Price starting at: $764.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Learn the story of civilians living on the home front while generals plotted strategy and soldiers fought the battles of America’s most uncivil war. During field trips and lectures by experts, gain a keen appreciation for daily life amid the turmoil, as you ponder these people’s lives and hear their voices in antebellum mansions and key sites in the Vicksburg area and Jackson.




Highlights

• In Jackson, learn how “Chimneyville” was burned four times by Federal troops in the 1860s, and visit the old capitol and The Oaks, one of only a few buildings to survive the fires.
• Discuss the Vicksburg military campaign in antebellum Cedar Grove, built in 1840 and home to original furnishings and remnants of the siege, including a Union cannon ball embedded in the wall.
• Hear the music of the Civil War from a duo in period costume, and explore the final home of Joseph Davis, where Jefferson Davis addressed the citizenry from the balcony.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-quarter mile, one hour with stops, over paved and unpaved terrain.




Date Specific Information

5-12-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.




Vicksburg

Site of the Battle of Vicksburg, one of the most decisive of the Civil War, the town is home to the Vicksburg National Military Park, presenting details of the battle in which the Union defeated the Confederacy and gained control of the entire Mississippi. Vicksburg boasts a large number of historic homes and museums.



Accommodations
Modern inn near Vicksburg National Military Park.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Parker Hills

Brig. General Parker Hills has conducted scores of Military Staff Rides since 1987. His audiences have included general officers, commanders at all levels, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers. As commandant of the R.C.T.A., he led the academy to a position of national renown. He trained more than 17,000 law enforcement officers prior to his retirement from active duty, and served as the editor of a military magazine for four years. Hills holds a bachelor’s in commercial art, a master’s in educational psychology, is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, and is the author of "A Study in Warfighting: Nathan Bedford Forrest," "The Battle of Brice’s Crossroads," and "Art of Commemoration: Vicksburg National Military Park." He has also conducted civilian explorations of battlefields for non-profit organizations, and is a regular speaker for Road Scholar and other groups.
 
Jim Woodrick

Jim Woodrick is the director of Historic Preservation for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He is a board member of several organizations that support and promote Civil War preservation, and is a Civil War sites historian. Jim is also part of the musical duo called "Hard Tack and Coffee," who have researched music of the Civil War and perform it regularly.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park
  Vicksburg, Miss. 6 nights
 Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel sits directly across from and adjacent to the Vicksburg National Military Park. It is new and has won numerous awards for comfort, service, and beauty.
  Contact info: 3330 Clay St.
Vicksburg, MS 39183 USA
phone: 800-847-0372
web: www.vicksburghamptoninn.com
  Room amenities: Handicapped rooms are available. Each sleeping room has adjustable thermostate, work desk with adjustable lamp, coffee maker, hand-held shower, tub, high speed internet saccess, iron, ironing board, USA Today newspaper, telephone with dataport, 26" TV HD, alarm radio, blackout curtains.
  Facility amenities: Free parking, free breakfast, free evening reception with wine/beer/snacks, heated indoor pool, business center, fitness center, gardens. The hotel sits near the Vicksburg National Military Park. Hotel decor includes original art and art objects relating to the 1800s and the Civil War.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $109 incl. tax Limited number of rooms available at discounted rate. Deadline to book a room is one month out.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $109 incl. tax Limited number of rooms available at discounted rate. Deadline to book a room is one month out.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5 p.m. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park that night.
  End of Program:
11 a.m. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park District, Vicksburg, Miss.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vicksburg, Miss.
  Nearest city or town:  Vicksburg, Miss.
  Nearest highway: Interstate 20
  Nearest airport:  Jackson International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Vicksburg, Miss.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Vicksburg, MS

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Line
phone: 800-231-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$19.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Three choices: (1) Take taxi to Greyhound Bus Station in Vicksburg @ $8. Take a one-hour bus ride to Vicksburg, at 10:40 a.m. or 5 p.m. @ $19.50 one way. Reservations not required. Take taxi to Jackson train station @ $8. (2) Reserve in advance with ATaxiRide for a car from Hampton Inn in Vicksburg to Jackson train station @ $125 one way, whether one rider or up to four riders who can share the cost. Call 601-291-7231. (3) Rent a car in Vicksburg.

 

From Jackson airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Station
phone: 800-231-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$19.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Three choices: (1) Take taxi to Greyhound Bus Station in Jackson ($25 one way). Take 1-hour bus ride from Jackson to Vicksburg, departing at 7:20 a.m. or 1:05 p.m. or 8:05 p.m. @ $19.50 one way. Take taxi from Vicksburg bus station to hotel (about $8). (2) Reserve in advance with ATaxiRide for a car to go from Jackson airport to Hampton Inn in Vicksburg @ $125, one way, whether there is one rider or up to four riders sharing the cost. Call 601-291-7231. (3) Rent a car.

 

From Vicksburg hotel

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Line
phone: 800-231-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$19.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

60 miles

   

Three choices: (1) Take taxi to Greyhound Bus Station in Vicksburg @ $8. Take a one-hour bus ride to Vicksburg, at 10:40 a.m. or 5 p.m. @ $19.50 one way. Reservations not required. Take taxi to Jackson airport @ $25. (2) Reserve in advance with ATaxiRide for a car from Hampton Inn in Vicksburg to Jackson airport @ $125 one way, whether one rider or up to four riders who can share the cost. Call 601-291-7231. (3) Rent a car in Vicksburg.

 

Vicksburg, MS

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Line
phone: 800-231-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$19.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

50

   

Three choices: (1) Take taxi to Greyhound Bus Station in Jackson ($8 one way). Take one-hour bus ride from Jackson to Vicksburg, departing at 7:20 a.m. or 1:05 p.m. or 8:05 p.m. @ $19.50 one way. Take taxi from Vicksburg bus station to hotel (about $8). (2) Reserve in advance with ATaxiRide for a car to go from Jackson train station to Hampton Inn in Vicksburg @ $125, one way, whether there is one rider or up to four riders sharing the cost. Call 601-291-723. (3) Rent a car at train station.

 
Driving Directions
  On Interstate 20 On Interstate 20, take exit 4B toward E Clay St Merge onto Clay St/Old U.S. 80/Village St. Hampton Inn & Suites will be on the south side of street. Phone 601-636-6100.
Elevation Note: Highest elevation is 200 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Program Overview
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Afternoon: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Independent check in at hotel. Meet group coordinators. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Social gathering with wine in hotel meeting room.
 Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: 7:30 p.m. Welcome, introductions and overview in hotel meeting room.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Field trip to Grand Gulf Military Park; picnic lunch; Windsor Ruins; Port Gibson, Miss., and St. Joseph's Catholic Church and First Presbyterian Church; dinner at Cedar Grove with tour of the mansion
(Monday, May 13)

Note: walking required



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to Grand Gulf Military Park and Grand Gulf Museum.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch while on field trip
 Afternoon: Travel to Windsor Ruins; plight of the Daniell family. Field trip to Port Gibson, Miss., and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church and First Presbyterian Church. Wine/beer reception at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at the mansion Cedar Grove
 Evening: Exploration of the mansion Cedar Grove, with a cannon ball lodged into the parlor's wall.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field trip to the Natchez Trace, Clinton, Miss., and Jackson, Miss. Exploration of Old Capitol Museum; "The Oaks" mansion; Eudora Welty House Museum. After-dinner concert of Civil War-era music.
(Tuesday, May 14)

Note: walking



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to the Natchez Trace Parkway and Mead Plantation near Clinton, Miss., headquarters of Gen. Grant. Travel to Mississippi's state capital, Jackson. Field trip to Old Capitol Museum and bookstore.
 Lunch: Informal lunch at downtown site in Jackson, Miss.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the antebellum mansion The Oaks, one of only a few Jackson buildings not burned to the ground by Federal troops; and excursion to Eudora Welty House, home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
 Dinner: Dinner at Roca restaurant at Vicksburg Country Club.
 Evening: Concert with commentary of Civil War-era music by Hardtack and Coffee, a duo of historians dressed in army outfits
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lectures: "Art of Commemoration" about art in the Vicksburg Military Park; "Battlefield Detectives"; and "Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg. Free time
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Two-hour presentation, "Art of Commemoration," about the $5 billion worth of sculptures and art in the Vicksburg National Military Park
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Presentation, "Battlefield Detectives." Free time.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Presentation, "Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettsburg," by the co-author of a book by the same name
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip to Vicksburg National Military Park; view the park's Civil War film; explore the park's bookshop and museum. Lunch and exploration of Anchuca mansion. Go to Fort Hill in the park. Dinner at a restaurant near the river.
(Thursday, May 16)

Note: walking required



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to Vicksburg National Military Park for Visitors Center film and stops at Shirley House, Illinois Memorial and other impressive sites.
 Lunch: Lunch at Anchuca mansion.
 Afternoon: Guided visit through Anchuca, the final home of Joseph Davis after the Civil War, where Jefferson Davis spoke to the citizenry from the balcony. Return to Vicksburg National Military Park, which is filled with captivating art work, such as the Missouri Monument (bronzework), Tilghman Monument, honoring Confederate heroes Brig. Gens. Lloyd Tilghman and Daniel Adams; the unique Texas Monument; the magnificent bronze Iowa Monument; Anecdotes include the story of Albert D. J. Cashire or Jennie Hodges, a female soldier in the Illinois Infantry, and 12-year-old Fred Grant, who accompanied his father. Ulysses S. Grant, throughout the Vicksburg campaign. Visit Fort Hill in the park.
 Dinner: Dinner at Rusty's near the Mississippi River.
 Evening: Informal discussion of the day's activities
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fun quiz game: "Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball"? Wrapup and departure. Hotel check out at 11 a.m.
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: An interactive, fun quiz game: "Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball." Discussion and questions. Passport signing. Check out of hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vicksburg, Miss. Discussion group
Free time is always each late afternoon and on Wednesday morning.
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Suggested Reading List


Enclave: Vicksburg and Her Plantations, 1863-1870


Author: James T. Currie


Description: 250 pages on Vicksburg after the surrender, when it became an enclave of Union territory in the heart of the Confederacy



Beleaguered City: the Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863


Author: Shelby Foote


Description: 347 pages of very good reading about Civil War Vicksburg by a master story-teller



Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone 1861-1868


Author: John Anderson, ed.


Description: 400 pages of a well-written diary of a Southern lady living on a Mississippi River plantation in Louisiana



Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front


Author: James Marten


Description: 346 pages, a very readable work with extensive quotes from primary accounts



Joseph E. Davis, Pioneer Patriarch


Author: Janet S. Hermann


Description: 196 pages on the elder brother and advisor to Jefferson Davis, whose bad luck placed his plantations in the path of the Federal Navy and later the Federal Army



My Cave Life in Vicksburg


Author: Mary Loughborough


Description: 196 page diary kept by the wife of a Confederate officer while she was living in a cave with her daughter during the siege



Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg, the Campaigns that Changed the Civil War


Author: Edwin C. Bearss; J. Parker Hills


Description: 400 pages, to be released by National Geographic Society in May 2010, describing in detail the politics and military actions of the pivotal first six months of 1863



Sarah Morgan: The Civil War Diary of a Southern Woman


Author: Charles East, ed.


Description: 600 page diary of a Southern lady living in downtown Baton Rouge, LA



The Final Fortress


Author: Samuel Carter


Description: About 300 pages, a very readable work with plenty of primary sources and research



Vicksburg 1863


Author: Winston Groom


Description: 482 pages describing the Vicksburg Campaign by another great story-teller and the author of Forrest Gump



Vicksburg: A People at War, 1860-1865


Author: Peter F. Walker


Description: 235 pages with good primary accounts telling the story of the people of Vicksburg as they coped with war





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