VICKSBURG SPRING PILGRIMAGE 
  
Beautiful homes and buildings in the most important historic site of the American Civil War
   
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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 greatest conflict.

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 incredible people.

                                  

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