Memorial Day Weekend Concert Information
VNMP is hosting 3 outdoor concerts at the Clay Street Visitor Center, May 24, 25, & 26. The VC parking lot will close at 5:00pm those days and NO on-site parking will be allowed. Click 'More' for detailed parking information. More »
"we fired one Gun at the Fort just as she was sinking I saved 2 Revolvers and most of us saved something-some of us saved our bags some hammocks some all and several saved nothing except theirselves" — Excerpt from the diary of George Roberts Yost, 15-year-old Crewman
As there was very little time for saving personal belongings, thousands of personal items were abandoned to the river as the gunboat went swiftly to the bottom of the muddy Yazoo.
The crew had to abandon things such as U.S. brass belt buckles and silk Cairo hat bands, and shaving gear that included razors, shaving cups, and brushes. Other personal accessories found included soap dishes and different glass ink wells used by the sailors, as well as toothbrush handles, mirrors and hard rubber combs. All but two of the combs were found in the Quarter Master's storeroom, evidently not issued to the men. The combs are stamped U.S. Navy on one side and I.R. COMB CO. GOODYEAR'S PATENT MAY 6, 1851, on the other.
Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."