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.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Last Night's 150th Grand Illumination

Last night the Vicksburg National Military Park's Sesquicentennial Grand Illumination was held.  I was lucky to be able to make the whole trip through the park which took close to two hours.  It was held from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  You could not stop or exit your vehicle and had to keep moving about 5 or so miles an hour with your lights on. We had to stay alert for wildlife but saw no deer, hogs or turkeys that have been seen in our park. It was a very memorable and uplifting experience for me.  Could hear the cicada bugs and frogs loud and clear.  I went in close to 7:00 and came out around  8:45.  As I was exiting the park their were a mob of cars trying to get in and to view the illumination.  Below are some pictures that I took that turn out fairly well considering I was trying to drive and take pictures at the same time.  By the end of the tour you could really see the luminaries well with the led candles inside.  It was an awesome site!  Their were yellow bags and white bags throughout the park.

According to the brochures that was handed to me at the entrance, the luminaries were representing men who were killed, wounded, or missing were place at the state memorials - one luminary for each soldier from that state who was a casualty.  Of the 19,233 casualties, records could not determine the exact location for 2,228 confirmed casualties that could not be identified by state were dispersed though out the Grand Illumination in yellow bags to mark them as confirmed, but unidentified casualties.  No site had less than 100 luminaries.  The traditional white bag luminaries represented confirmed casualties honored at their state memorial.  In addition to state monuments, several sites were  selected to honor other casualties including the U. S. Colored Troops and the C. S. River Batteries.

"...we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."  
~Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address 


Memorial Arch


Minnesota Memorial

Michigan Memorial

Wisconsin Memorial

African American Monument


Maj. General Ulysses S. Grant's Headquarters


Rhode Island Monument


U.S. Navy Monument


Setting sun.

Nearing the USS Cairo Museum.

 The Yazoo River Diversion Canal.

Fort Hill

Tennessee Memorial


Missouri Memorial

Arkansas Memorial


Louisiana Memorial

Mississippi Memorial


Texas Monument

Indiana

 Coming up on the Iowa Memorial.

Iowa Memorial

Trying to drive and take pictures...

Traffic jam at the entrance with people trying to get in to see the Grand Illumination.

Heading out...a wonderful experience.

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