Thursday, June 21, 2012

Yes, I Think it can be Very Easily Done...

Here's my first view of the port of Vicksburg, Mississippi.  During last year's flood, about half of that sign on the left was underwater.  Take a look at the map, and you can see that nature accomplished what Grant failed to do.  Shortly after the war, the river changed it's course, largely bypassing the city.

The Confederate battery at Fort Donnelson failed to defend it from Union gunboats on the Tennessee River.  It was here that Grant demanded "unconditional surrender" from his old West Point friend, Simon Bolivar Buckner.  I learned that it's neighbor, Fort Henry, is now underwater.

This statue at Shiloh depicts "The South" surrendering the laurel of victory to Night and Death.  It is probably the saddest thing I've ever seen.  The sculptor was impartial, though: he also did our statue of Grant on his horse.

As enemy combatants, Confederate soldiers were denied burial in the National Cemetary.  A few lonely tombstones sit on the opposite side of the street.

Everybody knows the story of Teddy Roosevelt refusing to shoot the little bear.  But did you know it was most likely clubbed to death and fed to the dogs?  This little store in Onward  appears to have been abandoned for some time.

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