We enjoyed several days at Lake Lavon, where we had parked Pilgrim, our fifth-wheel, while preparing to leave. The family came out to relax at the lake with us.
With the first day of official triple digit heat, it was definitely time to leave. From Lavon, it was east across the Piney Woods of East Texas. The back roads were good and we enjoyed the trees, rolling hills and small communities. We entered the Pelican State, Louisiana, on I-20 at Shreveport, spending the night at Tall Pines RV Park, just 8 miles across the Texas state line. It is a very pretty park, but alas the Wi-Fi was out.
Day two took us the remainder of the 189 miles across Louisiana on I-20. The casinos of Shreveport/Bossier City beckoned, but failed to draw us in. I-20 traverses a rural, hilly terrain, with much of the way walled in by tall trees standing with their feet in the swamp, as it enters the beginnings of the Mississippi River Delta it flattens out to farm land. About 3:30 we crossed the mighty Mississippi into Vicksburg, where we plan on spending a couple of days exploring the battle field memorial, the river front and museums. Brady spent a year working here supporting the Corp of Engineers, so we will enjoy revisiting some of the places.
The highlight of the stay in Vicksburg has to be the Battlefield. It is so impressive, set on hills and gullies of the eastern bluffs over the Mississippi. With monuments commemorating the sacrifices of men from both the Union and Confederacy and the thousands of lives lost all along the 16 mile route. Union troops, failing to win in battle, sieged the city and literally starved the citizens and solders into submission, giving the north control of the strategic Mississippi River.
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The U.S.S. Cairo was one of seven ironclad gunboats. These powerful ironclads were formidable vessels, each mounting thirteen big guns (cannon). On them rested in large part, Northern hopes to regain control of the lower Mississippi River. As the Cairo reached a point north of Vicksburg it came under fire and was rocked by two underwater mines, which exploded in quick succession tearing gaping holes in the ship’s hull. Cairo became the first ship in history to be sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo. After being submerged for a hundred years, the Cairo was raised in three pieces in the 1960s, and after restoration was returned to Vicksburg as part of the National Park.
As a footnote, historic records show that in the War of Northern Aggression, there were 8 Pamplin menÂ in the Union army and 44 who fought for the Confederacy. While numerical records are not as clear, there were many men of the Moore linageÂ who also served under the colors of the Southern Cross and the Lone Star.