• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

Windsor Plantation

Sketch of Windsor Plantation House

Union Officer's Sketch of Windsor Plantation House

These stately columns are all that remain of Windsor, one of the most magnificent homes in the antebellum South. Built between 1859-1861, the plantation was the home of wealthy planter, Smith Coffee Daniell, II.

Windsor survived the war, becoming a prominent landmark along the Mississippi River. Mark Twain wrote of its elegance in his treatise, "Life on the Mississippi." But its elegance did not last, for Windsor was destroyed by fire in 1890 when a careless party guest threw a lit cigarette into a waste basket. Windsor ruins were later immortalized by Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Cliff in the film "Raintree County."
 
Windsor Ruins
Windsor Ruins
NPS Photo
 

Did You Know?

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."