Natchez Civil War Sites Driving Tour (U.S. National Park Service) (2023)

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Take a driving tour of Civil War sites in Natchez, while moving at your own pace and in your own car. Your voyage will wind you through historic Natchez, highlighting only some of the more important sites relevant to the Civil War and the Federal occupation of Natchez. Unlike some other Southern cities, Natchez emerged from the conflict relatively unscathed and today, contains one of the greatest collections of antebellum architecture in the nation.

Details

Duration

75 Minutes

Activity

Self-Guided Tours - Auto

Pets Allowed

Yes

Activity FeeNo

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

LocationNatchez Historic District

This activity is a vehicle-based exploration of a portion of the historic sites in Natchez. Various sites on this tour are privately owned. Please respect private property and observe these sites from the street.

Reservations

No

Time of Day

Day

Accessibility Information

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This scenic drive does not require exiting your vehicle.


Site 1: Natchez Visitor Center
Your driving tour of Civil War sites in Natchez begins at the Natchez Visitor Center which contains exhibits about regional history.

From the Natchez Visitor Center parking lot head southeast toward South Canal Street. Turn left onto South Canal Street and drive .66 miles and turn left onto Main Street and drive .06 miles. Turn left onto South Broadway Street and drive .03 miles. The Gazebo at Bluff Park will be on the right.

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Site 2: Bandstand at Bluff Park
On April 30, 1865, to commemorate the assassination of President Lincoln, a procession of mourning moved through the streets of Natchez. Federal troops and Natchez citizens gathered around the bandsand in Bluff Park and listened to a eulogy presented by Mr. Dillingham of Maine, a U. S. Treasury agent.

Start out going southwest on South Broadway for .06 miles. Take the first right onto Silver Street and proceed down the hill, when you reach the bottom you have arrived at Natchez Under-The-Hill.

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Site 3: Natchez Under-The-Hill
On July 13, 1863, Federal troops, under the command of Brig. General Thomas Ransom, landed at Natchez Under-The-Hill and occupied the city without opposition. In his official report, Ransom noted "the citizens were completely surprised and hardly realized our design until the place was fully occupied and picketed."


Start out going southwest on Silver Street for .50 miles. Take the first left onto Washington Street and drive .06 miles. Turn left onto South Broadway Street and drive .06 miles and take the first left onto Orleans Street. The Rosalie Mansion is on the right.

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Site 4: Rosalie Mansion

Union officers established their headquarters at Rosalie, the classical revival home resting atop the bluffs. Members of the Wilson family continued to occupy the second floor of the house while Federal officers lived and worked downstairs.

Start out heading southeast on Orleans Street toward South Canal Street for .06 miles. Turn left onto South Canal Street and drive .57 miles. When you come to the North Canal Street and Madison Street intersection you have reached the site of former Fort McPherson.

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Site 5: Fort McPherson
Soon after their arrival, Federal troops began the creation of Fort McPherson, a large earthwork in the northern suburbs of the city. Designed by Capt. Peter Hains of the Engineering Corps, the fortification could accommodate 5,000 troops and provided an unobstructed view of the river and surrounding countryside.

Start out by going northwest on Madison Street towards Linton Avenue for .11 miles. Take the 2nd right onto Clifton Avenue and drive .13 miles to the end of the street.

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Site 6: Clifton
Federal troops destroyed this palatial home of wealthy Natchezians Frank and Charlotte Surget, ostensibly because it impeded the construction of Fort McPherson. After touring the property before its demolition, Union Gen. Thomas Kilby Smith remarked that "one continuously wonders that such a paradise could be created here on earth."

Start out going southwest on Clifton Avenue towards Mulberry Street for .09 miles. Take the 1st left onto Mulberry Street and drive .08 miles. Take the 2nd left onto Linton Avenue and drive .31 miles. Take a slight left turn onto Maple Street and drive .04 miles. Turn slight left to stay on Maple Street and drive .26 miles. The site of the former Marine Hospital is on the right.

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Site 7: Marine Hospital
Designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument, the Marine Hospital was one of the thirty such structures across the United States. Federal officers transferred many soldiers who had survived the Vicksburg campaign, to the facility for medical care and recuperation.

Start out going North on Maple Street toward National Cemetery for .01 miles. Take a slight left turn onto Cemetery Road and drive .09 miles. The Natchez city cemetery is on the right.

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Site 8: Natchez City Cemetery
Laid out in 1822, the Natchez city cemetery has been described as one of the most interesting and beautiful in the South. The cemetery is the final resting place for many Confederate dead.

Start out going North on Cemetery Road for .31 miles. The Gardens is on the right.

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Site 9: The Gardens
Due to its close proximity to the Marine hospital and city cemetery, Federal troops used this 18th century house as a medical facility.

Start out going north on Cemetery Road for .15 miles. The Natchez National Cemetery is the right.

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Site 10: Natchez National Cemetery
The Federal government purchased the original 11 acres site from local residents in 1866 although some of the earliest interments date from the 1850s. Notable graves include those of Wilson Brown, a former slave and Medal of Honor recipient, two Buffalo Soldiers, and members of the 58th U. S. Colored Soldiers.

Start out going south on Cemetery Road for .55 miles. Take slight right onto Maple Street and drive .46 miles. Turn left onto Oak Street and drive .06 miles. Wigwam is on the left just past Wigwam Alley.

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Site 11: Wigwam
Douglas and Eliza Rivers were evicted from their home, The Wigwam, in the spring of 1864. Federal troops used the home as officer barracks and staff offices. This photo shows members of the 23rd Iowa Infantry on the front porch.

Start out going southeast on Oak Street and take the first left onto Myrtle Avenue and drive for .10 miles. The Towers is on the right.

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Site 12: The Towers

Natchez's best example of Italianate architecture, this house served as headquarters for Fort McPherson. Union troops resided there with members of the Fleming family until their eviction in 1864.

Start out going southwest on Myrtle Avenue towards Oak Street for .10 miles. Take the 1st left onto Oak Street and drive .19 miles. Take the 3rd right onto North Union Street and drive .04 miles. The Burn is on the right.

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Site 13: The Burn
The earliest purely Greek Revival mansion in Natchez, The Burn served as offices for the Engineering Department responsible for designing and constructing Fort McPherson. Prior to the occupation, The Burn was home to the John Walworth family.

Start out going southwest on North Union Street for .09 miles. Shields Town House is on the left.

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Site 14: Shields Town House
The former owner of the Natchez Foundry, Maurice Lisle built this house in late 1850s. Lisle sold the foundry in 1858 and became a gas fitter, installing gas pipes and lines in scores of Natchez houses and businesses. The Union Army hired Lisle to assist in the construction of a water works inside Fort McPherson.

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Start out going southwest on North Union Street for .02 miles. Take the first right onto B Street and drive for .07 miles. Take the first left onto North Commerce Street and drive .14 miles. Take the 2nd right onto Monroe Street and drive .15 miles. Take the 1st left onto North Wall Street and drive for .08 miles. Choctaw is on the right just past High Street.

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Site 15: Choctaw
Federal troops occupied the home of George Malin Davis, a Natchez lawyer and rabid secessionist known as a "fire eater." Family legend holds that troops picked the jeweled eyes of the inlaid birds from a valuable center table.

Start out going southwest on North Wall Street toward Jefferson Street for .05 miles. Take the 1st right onto Jefferson Street and drive .07 miles. Take the first right onto North Canal Street and drive .07 miles. Take the first right onto High Street and drive .22 miles. Stanton Hall is on the left just past North Pearl Street.

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Site 16: Stanton Hall
Stanton Hall is one of the great houses of the American South. In 1857, Frederick Stanton died shortly after the house was completed. Stanton's widow and family continued to occupy the opulent mansion throughout the 19th century.

Start out going southeast on High Street toward North Union Street for .21 miles. Turn right onto Franklin Street/US-84 Bus E/US-61 Bus N. Continue to follow US-84 Bus E/US-61 Bus N for .93 miles. Turn left onto Liberty Road and drive .07 miles. Turn left onto St. Catherine St/US-84 Bus/US-61 Bus S and drive .06 miles. Forks of the Road is on the left before you reach Junkin Street.

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Site 17: Forks of the Road
Prior to the Civil War, Forks of the Road was the second-largest slave market in the Deep South. After the Federal occupation of Natchez, members of the 14th Wisconsin and the 58th U. S. Colored Troops worked throughout the night to destroy the slave pens. The destruction of the market symbolized the end of slavery in the Natchez District.

Start out going west on St. Catherine Street/US-84 Bus W/US-61 Bus S toward Rembert Street for .01 miles. Take the 1st left onto Junkin Street and drive .09 miles. Take the 1st left into East Franklin Street/US-84 Bus E/US-61 Bus N and drive .08 miles. Take the first right to stay on East Franklin Street and drive .02 miles. Turn left to stay on East Franklin Street and drive .07 miles. East Franklin becomes Liberty Road, continue on Liberty Road for .62 miles. Turn left onto Old Pond Road and drive .05 miles. Take the 2nd left onto Oakhurst Drive and drive .07 miles. Oakland is on the right. If you reach Bayou Lane you’ve gone about .1 miles too far.

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Site 18: Oakland
The home of John and Katherine Minor, this house was often referred to as the Union Hotel, due to the fact that the owners frequently entertained Federal officers. A member of a prominent slave-owning family, Katherine Minor once referred to herself as an "abolitionist at heart."

Start out going southeast on Oakhurst Drive toward Old Pond Road for .07 miles. Turn right onto Old Pond Road and drive .04 miles. Take the first right onto Liberty Road and drive for .62 miles. Liberty Road becomes East Franklin Street, continue on East Franklin Street for .04 miles. Take a slight left onto Main Street and drive .32 miles. Main Street turns into John A. Quitman Blvd., continue on John A. Quitman Blvd for .15 miles. Monmouth is on the right. If you reach East Franklin Street you’ve gone about .1 miles too far.

Site 19: Monmouth
Members of the 12th and 14th Wisconsin and 28th Illinois Infantry camped on the lawn of Monmouth, the former home of General John Quitman, once governor of the State of Mississippi and a Mexican war hero, who had died in 1858. Quitman's daughters, who had married Confederate officers, continued to reside there during the Federal occupation.

Start out going east on John A. Quitman Blvd. Take the first right onto Melrose Avenue and drive for .19 miles. Turn left onto Conner Circle. Linden is .04 miles ahead.

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Site 20: Linden
Jane Gustine Boyd Conner is often referred to as Natchez's "Mother of the Confederacy," as she sent all five sons and three sons-in-law into the Confederate ranks. The war took a heavy toll on Jane Conner's family; she would lose one son, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, a sister-in-law, and seven grandchildren during the conflict.

Start out going northwest on Conner Circle for .04 miles. Turn left onto Melrose Avenue which will become Melrose Montebello Parkway and drive .40 miles. Melrose is on the left.

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Site 21: Melrose (National Park Service site)
Although John McMurran, the builder of Melrose, was considered to be a Union man, his son, John Jr., joined Quitman's Light Artillery, a Confederate unit. After the occupation of Natchez, Federal troops set up a picket line at McMurran's front gate while members of the 58th U. S. Colored Troops regularly drilled on the front meadow, and McMurran was shot in the head while coming home from his law office one evening. He lost an eye but survived.

Start out going north on Melrose Montebello Parkway for .01 miles. Take the 1st left onto Ratcliff Place and drive .07 miles. Take the 2nd left onto Armstrong Street and drive .07 miles. Take the first right onto Duncan Avenue and drive .22 miles. Auburn is on the left.

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Site 22: Auburn
Completed in 1812, Auburn was home to Stephen Duncan, widely recognized as one of the wealthiest planters in the South on the eve of the Civil War. In September 1863, the staunch Unionist and his family boarded the Forest Rose, a Union gunboat that had been put at their disposal. Duncan and his family lived in New York City for the remainder of the war.

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Start out going west on Duncan Avenue toward Auburn Avenue for .44 miles. Turn left onto Homochitto Street and drive .02 miles. Hope Farm is on the left.

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Site 23: Hope Farm
During the war, this house was home to the Elias Montgomery family. Three of the Montgomery sons would fight for the Confederacy, including Eli, Jr., age 14. Young Eli appears to have died in a Lauderdale Springs Hospital before seeing battle. He is buried in the Natchez City Cemetery with a tombstone emblazoned with the words, "Victim of War."

Start out going north on Homochitto Street for .31 miles. Dunleith is on the left .2 miles past Dunleith Street.

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Site 24: Dunleith
The only remaining house in Mississippi with an encircling colonnade, Dunleith was built by Charles Dahlgreen, who raised two infantry units for service in the Confederacy. Dahlgreen's brother, John, however, became an admiral in the Union navy, a case of brother pitted against brother. During the Civil War, the Confederate sympathizer, Alfred Vidal Davis and his family resided at Dunleith.

Start out going northwest on Homochitto Street for .09 miles. Twin Oaks is on the right just past Arlington Avenue.

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Site 25: Twin Oaks
Charles DuBuisson built the main portion of Twin Oaks in the 1850s, although sections of the house are believed to be much earlier. DuBuisson was a professor of classics at Jefferson College, and later, practiced law in Natchez. His son, also named Charles, was a corporal in the First Mississippi Light Artillery and later, served in Wirt Adam's regiment of the Mississippi Cavalry.

Start out going north on Homochitto Street for .33 miles. Stay straight to go onto Orleans Street and drive .28 miles. Take the 2nd right onto South Pearl Street and drive for .01 miles. Pleasant Hill is on the left. If you reach Washington Street you’ve gone a little too far.

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Site 26: Pleasant Hill
This raised Greek Revival house was moved to its present location in the 1850s to make way for the construction of Magnolia Hall. During the war, members of the prominent Postlethwaite family, many of whom fought for the Confederacy, lived at Pleasant Hill.

Start out going northeast on South Pearl Street towards Washington Street for .08 miles. Magnolia Hall is on the right just past Washington Street. If you reach State Street you’ve gone a little too far.

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Site 27: Magnolia Hall
Considered to be the last great mansion built in Natchez prior to the war, Magnolia Hall was home to the Henderson family. In May, 1864, Maj. Christensen, Chief of Staff to General Canby, and his fellow officers occupied the mansion. According to family letters, the Union soldiers "were well-behaved, sang well and liked to dance."

Start out going northeast on South Pearl Street for .14 miles. Take the 2nd left onto Main Street and drive for .08 miles. Take the 1st left onto South Wall Street and drive .09 miles. The Courthouse is on the left just past Market Street. If you reach Washington Street you’ve gone a little too far.

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Site 28: Courthouse
Since its construction in 1820, this building has been the seat of Adams County government. It was remodeled in the 1920s. Photographers captured images, such as this one, of Union troops milling about the grounds.

Start out going southwest on South Wall Street for .07 miles. Take the first right onto Washington Street and drive .07 miles. Take the first right onto South Canal Street and drive for .23 miles. Take the 2nd right onto Franklin Street and drive .07 miles. Take the first right onto North Wall Street and drive .15 miles. Mercer House is on the right just past Market Street.

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Site 29: Mercer House
The design of this house is attributed to Levi Weeks, an accomplished New York architect active in Natchez in the early 19th century. Later occupied by wealthy physician and planter, William Newton Mercer, the house was occupied by Federal troops who are depicted on the front steps in this photograph.

Start out going southwest on South Wall Street for .07 miles. Texada is on the right just past State Street. If you reach Washington Street you’ve gone a little too far.

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Site 30: Texada
Built between 1793 and 1805 and considered the earliest brick house remaining in the Old Southwest Territory, Texada was appropriated by Federal troops in 1865. Lt. Theodore D. Johnson issued the order which specified that "all the furniture would be retained in the house."

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FAQs

Is Natchez worth visiting? ›

Between its rich history and abundance of small town charm, you'll agree that Natchez is a must-visit! At many of the cemeteries here, you'll see the names of the families of some of its early founders, as well as those who made indelible marks on the town's history over the years.

What Civil War battles were fought in Natchez Mississippi? ›

Several Civil War sites and battlefields can be found along or near the Natchez Trace Parkway. Two major areas are centered around the Battle of Shiloh and nearby Corinth, Mississippi and the Vicksburg Campaign.

What Civil War battlefields are in Mississippi? ›

Civil War Sites in Mississippi
  • Vicksburg National Military Park.
  • DeSoto County Confederate Monument.
  • Edmondson Cemetery.
  • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site.
  • Cedar Hill Cemetery and Soldier's Rest.
  • Corinth Contraband Camp.
  • And more…

Are there any Civil War battlefields in Alabama? ›

Nearly two dozen of these battles are reenacted annually in Alabama, including the Siege of Bridgeport, Battle of Selma, Campaign at Fort Morgan, Tannehill Skirmish, Fort Morgan Siege & Encampment and the Battles for the Armory in Tallassee.

What is the prettiest part of the Natchez Trace? ›

Highlights of the Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville to Natchez, MS
  • Gordon House Historic Site, Milepost 407.7. ...
  • Jackson Falls, Milepost 404.7. ...
  • Tobacco Barn & Old Trace Drive, Milepost 401.4. ...
  • Fall Hollow Waterfall, Milepost 391.9. ...
  • Meriwether Lewis Burial Monument, Milepost 385.9. ...
  • Old Trace Drive, Milepost 375.8.

How long does it take to drive the entire Natchez Trace Parkway? ›

The Parkway is 444 miles long with an end-to-end driving time of about 10 1/2 hours (speed is 50 MPH, and lower in congested areas). It travels near major and smaller cities, and near many small towns.

What was the bloodiest Battle of the Civil War in Mississippi? ›

The Battle of Jackson was fought on May 14, 1863, in Jackson, Mississippi, as part of the Vicksburg campaign during the American Civil War. After entering the state of Mississippi in late April 1863, Major General Ulysses S.
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Battle of Jackson, Mississippi.
Battle of Jackson
Casualties and losses
286 – 332c. 200 – 850
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Why are people leaving Natchez MS? ›

Eighty-five percent of those living in poverty in Natchez are black. And as it gets worse, many people have decided not to stick around. Since 1990 the town's population has dropped from 20,000 to under 15,000. The young people are leaving, residents say, because the lack of industry equals a lack of career options.

What famous person is from Natchez Mississippi? ›

Glen Ballard was born on May 1, 1953 in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. He is a composer and producer, known for Michael Jackson: Man in the Mirror (1988), Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill - Live (1997) and The Eddy (2020).

What is the best Civil War battlefield to visit? ›

Here are some of the most gripping battlefields to explore.
  • Gettysburg National Military Park, PA. ...
  • Antietam National Battlefield, MD. ...
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA. ...
  • Fort Sumter National Monument, SC. ...
  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, VA.

What Battle was the bloodiest west of the Mississippi River? ›

The ten bloodiest battles of the Trans-Mississippi by total forces killed, wounded, and captured: Pea Ridge, Arkansas (3,384); Mansfield, Louisiana (3,335); Prairie Grove, Arkansas (2,734); Pleasant Hill, Louisiana (2,695); Wilson's Creek, Missouri (2,539); Helena, Arkansas (1,856); Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas (1,700); ...

What is the famous battlefield in Mississippi? ›

The site of the last Civil War battle in Mississippi, Tupelo National Battlefield is now protected by NPS. Over 20,000 Confederate and Union soldiers fought here, and at the time, Union forces also included soldiers from the United States Colored Troops. The battlefield is located in Tupelo.

Can you still find Civil War artifacts? ›

The American Civil War ended over 160 years ago, but that doesn't mean that there aren't still plenty of relics from that time period to be found. If you're interested in historical artifacts and enjoy using a metal detector, then searching for Civil War relics is a perfect hobby for you.

What state has the most Civil War battlefields? ›

Where was the Civil War fought? The Civil War was fought in thousands of different places, from southern Pennsylvania to Texas; from New Mexico to the Florida coast. The majority of the fighting took place in the states of Virginia and Tennessee.

What was the biggest Civil War Battle in Alabama? ›

The Battle of Fort Blakeley took place from April 2 to April 9, 1865, in Baldwin County, Alabama, about 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Spanish Fort, Alabama, as part of the Mobile Campaign of the American Civil War.
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Battle of Fort Blakeley.
DateApril 2–9, 1865
ResultUnion victory Fort Blakeley surrendered to the U.S.
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Are there alligators on the Natchez Trace? ›

While reptiles may not be as easy to spot as many of the mammal species of the Parkway, there are opportunities to see alligators at Cypress Swamp, or turtles along the numerous creeks and streams along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Can you drive the Natchez Trace? ›

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents.

What is the best time of year to drive the Natchez Trace? ›

You can visit the Natchez Trace Parkway any time of the year. However, the best time to take your road trip along the Parkway is in the Spring and Fall when the famous Natchez Pilgrimage Tours take place and when all the famous historic attractions along the Parkway are open to visitors.

What vehicles can travel the Natchez Trace? ›

Recreational vehicles, including but not limited to self-propelled mobile homes, campers, housetrailers, and vehicles up to 11⁄2 ton rated capacity, when such recreational vehicles are used solely to carry persons for recreational purposes together with their baggage, camping equipment, and related articles for ...

How many stops are on the Natchez Trace? ›

From north to south, here are six stops for experiencing the Natchez Trace Parkway. Jackson Falls: At milepost (MP) 404.7, a waterfall spills over limestone rock, the force of which depends on recent rain levels.

Is Natchez Trace Parkway worth it? ›

Is The Natchez Trace Worth Visiting? Only put the Natchez Trace Trail on your list if you love to do a little meandering through historical landscapes and enjoy traveling through nature. It's best for those who like to hike to waterfalls or dangle their feet in a spring.

What was the deadliest single day in the Civil War? ›

Washington County, MD | Sep 17, 1862. Antietam, the deadliest one-day battle in American military history, showed that the Union could stand against the Confederate army in the Eastern theater.

What was the least deadliest battle in the Civil War? ›

The Battles of Chickamauga, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, all had approximately 30 to 35 thousand casualties each, whereas the Siege of Vicksburg is the only entry on this list with less than 20 thousand casualties.

What was the deadliest day in Civil War? ›

The Battle of Antietam remains the bloodiest single day in American history. The battle left 23,000 men killed or wounded in the fields, woods and dirt roads, and it changed the course of the Civil War.

What Hallmark movie was filmed in Natchez? ›

At least five movies have been shot in Natchez in the last year, including the Hallmark Christmas movie ”Every Time a Bell Rings.”

What Hallmark movie is being filmed in Natchez Mississippi? ›

Director Maclain Nelson checks the frame before rolling on a scene on the Natchez Bluff in Mississippi during filming for Hallmark's 'Every Time a Bell Rings. '

What new Hallmark movie was filmed in Natchez Mississippi? ›

Every Time A Bell Rings

Filmed entirely in Natchez, the movie premiered on the Hallmark Channel last Christmas and stars Erin Cahill, Brittany Ishibashi, Ali Liebert, and Wes Brown.

Why was Natchez spared in the Civil War? ›

Miller believes that Natchez itself, with all its grand homes, was spared largely because “Natchez voted against secession.” Not that its elite were opposed to slavery — most of their fortunes were built on cotton, and thus on slave labor — but, as Ms.

What language did the Natchez tribe speak? ›

Natchez was originally spoken near Natchez, Mississippi and in parts of Louisiana. Although there some hypotheses have linked Natchez with Proto-Muskogean and some of the other languages in the Gulf, to date the language is considered an isolate, lacking any known linguistic relatives.

What does the word Natchez mean? ›

noun. Natch·​ez ˈna-chəz. plural Natchez. : a member of an American Indian people of southwestern Mississippi. : the language of the Natchez people.

Who was the best soldier in the Civil War? ›

Albert Woolson
Albert Henry Woolson
Unit1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
MemorialsMonument at Gettysburg
Other workCarpenter and member of the Grand Army of the Republic
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What was the coolest battle of the Civil War? ›

If you know any battle on this list, it's Gettysburg. Routinely considered the most important engagement of the entire war, it not only incurred the most casualties but also kept Lee out of the North for good. Despite the defeat at Antietam the previous fall, Robert E. Lee kept fighting.

What is the most famous battlefield in the USA? ›

Gettysburg Battlefield

The Gettysburg National Military Park is home to some of the most historic and scenic Civil War sites.

What was the largest river crossing in the Civil War? ›

Among military historians—an occasionally contentious bunch—there is one historical fact that has never been disputed: Kelly's Ford on the Rappahannock was more fought-over, marched-over, more-often, than any other single river crossing during the entire Civil War.

Did slaves escape through the Mississippi river? ›

As described by the National Parks Service, the Mississippi River was a major escape route used by slaves. This was due to travel on waterways being the primary mode of transportation. Often southern plantation owners would head north by steamboat to the Twin Cities during the summer, to enjoy the cooler weather.

What Battle ended the Confederates use of the Mississippi river? ›

Vicksburg National Military Park

The Confederate defeat at Vicksburg, and a second Union victory downriver at Port Hudson, Louisiana, ensured that the Union would have complete control of the Mississippi River.

What major city was captured on the Mississippi by the Union? ›

The capture of New Orleans (April 25 – May 1, 1862) during the American Civil War was a turning point in the war, which precipitated the capture of the Mississippi River.
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Capture of New Orleans.
DateApril 25, 1862 – May 1, 1862
LocationNew Orleans and St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana
ResultUnion victory

What town was put under siege in Mississippi by Grant's troops? ›

The siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4, 1863) was the final major military action in the Vicksburg campaign of the American Civil War. In a series of maneuvers, Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S.

What Battle was bloody lane? ›

The bloodiest battle of the Civil War took place on September 17, 1862, on Antietam Creek near the small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. Four hours of intense fighting took place on an old sunken road that separated two farms.

What is the best time of year to visit Natchez MS? ›

If you love the outdoors, spring is a great time to visit, with Natchez weather featuring highs in the 70s and 80s and lows in the 50s and 60s at night. The lazy days of summer hover in the high 90s, while summer evenings in the mid 70s invite you to stay up, stay out and enjoy the nightlife.

What is Natchez most known for? ›

Natchez, Mississippi may be best known for its antebellum mansions, but the human history of the area goes back thousands of years. The story ofNatchezbegins with the indigenous mound-building cultures, known since French occupation as the Nachee, or Natchez Indians.

Why is Natchez famous? ›

Natchez may be most famous today for its annual pilgrimage. In 1932, the tour of grand antebellum homes and their gardens became an annual event. Thousands of visitors tour Rosalie Mansion, Longwood, Stanton Hall, Melrose and other former estates in spring and fall .

Why go to Natchez? ›

With over three centuries of fascinating history, Natchez has an extraordinary collection of historic buildings, homes and churches, meticulously-maintained antebellum mansions, four National Park sites, ancient Indian mounds, and the exquisite Natchez Trace Parkway.

How long does it take to drive the Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez? ›

There are over 100 picnic pullouts, scenic overlooks, campgrounds and historic landmarks along the Trace. We allot 2 to 3 days to travel from Nashville to Natchez.

Where is the Devil's Punchbowl in Natchez? ›

The Devil's Punch Bowl, 226 Highway 61 S, Natchez, MS, Bars - MapQuest.

Are there bears in Natchez? ›

While the chances of seeing a bear on the Natchez Trace Parkway are very low, there are two types that are known to be call the area home: the Louisiana black bear and the American black bear.

Is Natchez Trace the Trail of Tears? ›

Cherokee removal—Trail of Tears—Water Route Overlook, Natchez Trace. Official trail of tears routes crossed the the Old Trace in several places. There is no known documentation of exactly how the Old Trace was used to move tribes to access points.

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