1607
Vicksburg
On the Home Front in Vicksburg, Key to the Confederacy
Gain a deeper understanding of the Civil War alongside experts as you visit battlefields, learn about military strategy, and explore antebellum homes.
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Program No. 1607RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orienation, Welcome Dinner
Vicksburg, Miss.
D
Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

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.

DAY
2
Battery Benton on Miss. River, Grand Gulf, Windsor Ruins
Vicksburg, Miss.
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Activity note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: By coach to Battery Benton on Miss. River; travel to Grand Gulf area and explore Grand Gulf Museum

Lunch: Picnic lunch while on field trip

Afternoon: Travel to Windsor ruins; plight of the Daniell family; Bethel Church visit; Wintergreen Cemetery visit; First Presbyterian Church, Port Gibson, Miss.

Dinner: 6:30 PM. Dinner at nearby restaurant.

Evening: Informal discussion of the day's activities in hotel lounge

DAY
3
Jackson, Miss., & Governor's Mansion, Old Capitol Museum
Vicksburg, Miss.
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel by motor coach to Mississippi's state capitol, Jackson. Field trip to Old Capitol Museum and bookstore and to the Governor's Mansion, the second-oldest continuously occupied official residence of a governor in the United States, built in 1842.

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: Tour of Cedar Grove mansion in Vicksburg, an historic site that still contains remnants of a cannon ball fired during the Civil War. After the tour, dinner in the mansion.

Evening: Musical presentation of songs of the Civil War with commentaries about the stories behind the songs.

DAY
4
Art of the War, Vicksburg and Gettysburg campaigns
Vicksburg, Miss.
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Activity note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Lecture about the art commemorating the Vicksburg Campaign during the Civil War by noted author on the subject

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Lecture about the Vicksburg campaign

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Lecture "Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg"

DAY
5
Vicksburg National Military Park, Anchuca mansion
Vicksburg, Miss.
B,L,D
Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Activity note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Motor coach to Vicksburg National Military Park. Film in the visitors' center. Expert commentary as bus goes through part of the huge park.

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. Field trip 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; the Military Park museum and bookshop; and the enormous Illinois Memorial, filled with oconography. 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 a restaurant near the river

Evening: informal review of the day

DAY
6
Program Concludes after 10 a.m.
Vicksburg, Miss.
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: An informal give-and-take presentation, "Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball?" Discussion and questions. Check out of hotel.