"War Comes to the Mississippi Delta: The Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Fort Pemberton"

  • Where: Museum of the Mississippi Delta, 1608 Highway 82 W., Greenwood, MS
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: Not available
  • Ongoing: Until Saturday, August 31, 2013

Description

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
January 26: Opening Celebration
+10:00 am-5:00 pm
Free Admission
+Period Music by The Carrollton
Dulcimers
+Performance by Curt Fields as
General Grant
+Reenactors from Company K,
30th Mississippi Infantry

March 8-9: Encampment
+Company K, 30th MS Infantry
+Tours of Fort Pemberton
+Featuring the firing of the Lady
Polk Cannon

April: Symposium

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There will be original Civil War artifacts and the museum's Lady Polk cannon will be on display. There will also be an Encampment at Fort Pemberton with the actual firing of the Lady Polk cannon on March 7-9, 2013.

Lady Polk Cannon Background

The Blakely Patent no. 34 cannon was manufactured by Fawcett Preston $ Co. in Liverpool, England. There are only 17 examples of the Civil War-era cannon left in existence today, and the Lady Polk is the only one that has been restored for firing.

By 1992, the condition of the cannon had deteriorated badly. Iron wagon wheels had replaced the original wheels, and the replacements were not capable of sustaining the immense weight of the cannon. It was at this time that a Civil War re-enactment group, the First Mississippi Light Artillery Battalion, Company C, turned its attention to the restoration of this historic artillery piece.

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War Comes to the Mississippi Delta: The Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Fort Pemberton

(Greenwood, MS) The Museum of the Mississippi Delta commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in the Delta with the exhibition War Comes to the Mississippi Delta, opening January 26, 2013 and running through August 31, 2013.
The exhibition tells the story of the Union forces’ attempt to navigate the intricate rivers of the Mississippi Delta during the winter of 1863. Known as the Yazoo Pass Expedition, the attempt ultimately ended in failure, as Confederate forces held strong at a hastily built outpost near Greenwood known as Fort Pemberton.

The most noted aspect of the Confederate defenses was the ocean steamer Star of the West, originally a Union transport ship, listed as the first ship fired upon during the Civil War at Fort Sumter. After being captured by Rebel forces, the ship met her demise when it was sunk next to Fort Pemberton to block the passage of Union ships through the channel as they headed toward their destination: Vicksburg.

The Museum will display Civil War artifacts from the Star of West and the Union ironclad U.S.S. Cairo. The Lady Polk, a cannon used in the Battle of Fort Pemberton, is on permanent view at the Museum. There are only 17 examples of the Civil War-era cannon left in existence today, and the Lady Polk is the only one that has been restored for firing.

Stellar examples of period clothing including a butternut officer’s frock worn by Cpt. T. Otis Baker is on loan from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, along with an officer’s sword, muzzle-loading pistol, a British import carbine and a forage cap worn by Maj. Gen. William Walthall. A rare 1860s homespun dress will help tell the story of women on the home front.
The exhibition opens January 26th in a special free event which includes portrayals of General Ulysses S. Grant, Confederate and Union re-enactors and period music.

The exhibition is funded in part by grants received from the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional funds have been provided by Staplcotn and several local companies, as well as private contributions.

Posted Oct. 30, 2012 and Last updated Dec. 6, 2012

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