The 19th Century Lives at Duff Green Mansion in Vicksburg

| 3/14/2016 12:17:00 PM

Marilyn JonesVicksburg, Mississippi, was — as President Abraham Lincoln expressed — the key to the South during the Civil War.


According to the National Park Service, “At the time of the Civil War, the Mississippi River was the single most important economic feature of the continent — the very lifeblood of America. Upon the secession of the southern states, Confederate forces closed the river to navigation, which threatened to strangle northern commercial interests.

“President Abraham Lincoln told his civilian and military leaders, ‘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 …’”


When travelers leave I-20 to visit Vicksburg, their destination is usually the sprawling Vicksburg National Military Park, but they are missing the other half of this story if they don’t continue on into the heart of the city. Here they will get a better understanding of what the civilians went through during the siege by visiting one of the beautiful antebellum homes including Duff Green Mansion.