|The Vicksburg Bed
and Breakfast Association, in conjunction with
the City of Vicksburg, invites you to step back
in time and marvel at our many unique buildings
and hear the stories of courage, hope, and
triumph that arose from the ruins of America’s
In 1863, the entire city of Vicksburg was under
siege the worst siege inflicted on the American
public. For 47 days, artillery from land and
gunboats from the river blasted the city night
and day with 155,000 rounds. Enduring sweltering
heat, swarms of mosquitoes, exhaustion, hunger,
sickness, and depression, soldiers and civilians
alike survived the best that they knew how.
The war shattered the lives of all classes, high
and low, and forever changed the course of
America’s history. Vicksburg is considered the
most important action in the war.
Upper-class ladies replaced balls and parties
with bandage-rolling sessions and fund-raising
efforts. With loss of income and luxuries, they
dealt with chronic shortages of everyday items
and assumed unexpected responsibilities,
including chores previously performed by slaves.
Black women and children had an especially
difficult time as the plantation regime
collapsed. Everyone was focused on survival.
Many sought refuge in Union Army camps only to
suffer from widespread disease that flourished
in such crowded encampments.
After the war, returning wounded and
disheartened soldiers, along with penniless
widows and orphans, picked up the pieces and
rebuilt Vicksburg amid economic chaos and
societal breakdown. Enormous challenges existed,
not the least of which was to create an orderly
and stable government. With determination and
grit, they rebuilt this fine river town, shaping
and defining a new South.
The return of commerce along the Mississippi
River enabled Vicksburg and its citizens, black
and white, Jewish, Lebanese, Italian, Irish,
Chinese and others to rise from the ashes of war
and rebuild the city with a new social
order. Despite a yellow fever epidemic that
wiped out entire families, steady economic and
social progress occurred in Mississippi.
Reconstruction in Vicksburg was so successful
that it became the model for which other
war-torn southern cities used to rebuild.
By 1875, Vicksburg was becoming the world's
leading producer and distributor of long-staple
cotton and three fine homes per day were being
completed in the city. More cotton was being
produced than before the war.
Come learn the colorful history of these
tenacious people and the roles Vicksburg’s
historic buildings played during and after the
siege. Find out why some survived while others
did not. Discover who built the magnificent,
stately homes immediately after the war and who
occupies them today. Spend a day immersed in
history that is sure to garner a deeper
appreciation of southern culture and the south’s