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.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Cannon Firing @ VNMP

Plaque at old bunker.

Where the cannon firing had been held at this bunker through the years.

  
The Vicksburg National Military Park (VNMP) Visitor Center.

 Different cannon displays at the park.

Looking back towards the Visitor Center in VNMP on 4th of July.

An entrance arch to VNMP.

Looking back towards the VNMP Visitor Center.

The surrender site of the Siege of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 on Pemberton Avenue.

Yesterday, I made the trip to The Vicksburg National Military Park to video a cannon firing to commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the surrender of Vicksburg by General John C. Pemberton to General Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863. 


A cannon detachment was fired on every hour between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. excluding the noon hour Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Tour Stop 1 Battery De Golyer.  I missed the 1:00 firing and went back to the visitor center to watch the movie, The Siege of Vicksburg.  As I was leaving the center everyone was told that the 2:00 firing was cancelled because the weather was threatening with thunder and dark clouds.   

I did not read in the paper about it being held at Tour Stop 1 since it has always been near the VNMP Visitor Center.  

Hourly cannon fire demonstrations near the visitor center have been a staple at the park for many summers, but because the park no longer has a ranger who is black powder certified, this holiday weekend was the only time there was cannon fire at the park this year.  

A group of volunteer safety officers work together to fire a pound of gunpowder from the cannon detachment safely.  Many of the volunteers have come back year after year and some have joined the service.  

Even though the cannon fire is all for show, that doesn't mean their job is not dangerous.  The group always runs the risk of getting injured because they are using an actual cannon.

Although Vicksburg commemorates the holiday now, the Fourth of July was not so openly celebrated in Vicksburg for years after the surrender.

The Confederate sympathizers didn't celebrate until Eisenhower's visit.  It took victory over the Nazis in World War II for Vicksburg to connect with their American patriotism and begin to celebrate the national holiday again as the Cold War was heating up.  

Time heals all wounds!

The post-war patriotism only lasted so long and did not reach full momentum until the country's bicentennial in 1976.  Some say even as late as the 1990's the holiday was not a major summer staple.    
Soldiers' Rest
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Vicksburg, Mississippi

1 comment:

Gorges Smythe said...

I'd love to see it, but I never did get around much. Now it's even worse. Thanks for posting the photos.

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