Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part four)

part of a series We wrapped up our Facebook LIVE broadcasts with a segment from Vicksburg National Cemetery. 17,000 men are buried in the cemetery, 14,000 are unidentified. As a special treat, the park’s former chief historian, Terry Winschel, joined … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part three)

part of a series After a wicked cool firing demonstration provided exclusively for us by Vicksburg National Military Park, we took a trip to the northern tip of the park to visit the USS Cairo. The Cairo was a city-class … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part two)

part of a series For most of the day on Thursday, we concentrated on sites in Vicksburg National Military Park. Here’s a little promo Kris shot. And here’s an introductory piece we did about artillery, featuring Parker Hills and the … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 3 (part one)

part of a series I’ve been in Vicksburg for the American Battlefield Trust and Emerging Civil War to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Vicksburg campaign. We actually started Thursday’s adventures with a holdover from Wednesday: a Facebook LIVE shoot … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 2 (part four)

part of a series We capped off the day with a visit to Champion Hill on the 155th anniversary of the battle. As a historian, it’s always a special treat for me to walk a battlefield on the anniversary of … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 2 (part three)

part of a series We followed the route of Grant’s supply train from the Mississippi up toward the modern Raymond battlefield. One of the myth’s of the campaign is that Grant lived off the land, a la Sherman’s later March … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 2 (part two)

part of a series When I got out of the car at the Windsor ruins, I was awed by what I saw: the skeletonal remains of an opulent plantation house accidentally destroyed by fire after the war. We decided to … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 2 (part one)

part of a series On Wednesday, we started off our Facebook LIVE events at Bruinsburg, the site where Ulysses S. Grant landed his army on the east bank of the Mississippi April 30-May 1, 1863, to kick off his overland … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 1 (part 2)

part of a series We landed in Jackson, Mississippi, yesterday to kick off our Facebook LIVE events from the Vicksburg campaign. Although we presented the campaign a little out of order, we wanted to take advantage of being there, so … Continue reading

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Scenes from Vicksburg, Day 1 (part 1)

part of a series I’m with my ECW co-founder Kris White in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to help the American Battlefield Trust commemorate the 155th anniversary of Grant’s campaign to take the city. While you’ll be able to follow our adventures on … Continue reading

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