Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Another Picture Published!


When I opened this mornings paper, The Vicksburg Post, I went straight to the Classifieds where photos are sent in and published by readers.  I had sent this particular picture in a few weeks ago, and there it was!  The caption they inserted was...Marian Love Phillips looked over the barrel of a Civil War cannon at Louisiana Circle to see a bird's eye view of the two Mississippi River bridges at Vicksburg.  There is also a plaque near the cannon which reads...


Because it was the lone Blakely rifled cannon in all the Vicksburg defenses, the Confederate Soldiers called this 7.44-inch gun, "The Widow Blakley."  During the seige it was mounted about 1 mile north of its present position.  On May 22, 1863, the "Widow" was manned by a detachment of Company H, 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery, Lt. A. L. Slack, commanding the detail. 

In that day's action against Union gunboats, one of the "Widow Blakely's" own shells exploded in its muzzle.  Later, the Confederates cut away the damaged end and used the gun as a mortor. 

After the war, "The Widow Blakely" spent 96 years on display at the U. S. Military Academy's Trophy Point.  U. S. Department of the Interior - National Park Services. 

It sure is a nice feeling to know that your picture is deserving enough to be published!

1 comment:

Rick Kratzke said...

I do enjoy hearing civil war history stuff and that picture sure had a neat story.

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