Civil War Seminar Focuses On People, Not Battles
Vicksburg Campaign Discovery Trail

April 16-17, 2004
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Raymond, Mississippi

Warren Grabau, Civil War historian and author, and Parker Hills, president of Friends of Vicksburg, plan for the 2004 Campaign Discovery Trail.

    An unusual Civil War seminar, open to the public, will be held at historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Raymond on Friday night and all day Saturday, April 16 and 17. Rather than focus on battles and tactics, this seminar will discuss the human side of the Vicksburg Campaign. The Friday night lecture at 6:00 p.m. will discuss the physical and mental hardships of soldiering and leadership, especially during a wet and cold winter. For the attendees to "thaw out" after the lecture, a 7:00 p.m. reception will be held at Mayor Isla Tullos' historic home on the town square.

    Saturday's events at St. Mark's begin with a lecture and demonstration of Civil War medicine at 10:00 a.m., which may not be for the squeamish. The first afternoon lecture, at 1:00 p.m., will discuss dangerous naval operations on board flimsy boats in the Mississippi River. Two lectures will follow, and will explode some popular myths surrounding the Vicksburg Campaign as well as discussing key human factors that led to the fall of Vicksburg. To conclude this unusual seminar, the very popular and highly entertaining Civil War singers, "Hardtack and Coffee," will perform at St. Mark's at 5:00 p.m. The Friends of the Vicksburg Campaign and Historic Trail, Inc., a non-profit organization, is sponsoring the seminar as a fund-raiser, and a nominal, tax-deductible contribution is requested for attendance.

    The Vicksburg Campaign has been called "the most brilliant campaign ever fought on American soil" by the United States Army's keystone warfighting manual. The preservation of the trail and associated sites and battlefields in Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as education and promotion through tourism, has been the goal of the Friends of the Vicksburg Campaign since the inception of the organization in 1995.

    The Friends recently completed an exhaustive and comprehensive Plan for the Vicksburg Campaign Corridor in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More recently, the Friends completed a Corridor Management Plan for a Mississippi Scenic Byway. Currently being developed by the Friends is a tourism map for the Vicksburg Campaign in Louisiana and Mississippi, "The Vicksburg Campaign: Final Offensive."

    16-17 APRIL 2004

    Friday, 16 April
    Event Location Title Speaker Time
    Lecture St. Mark's "Crucible in Louisiana" Parker Hills* 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    Reception In the home of Mayor Isla Tullos 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, 17 April
    Demonstration St. Mark's "Civil War Medicine" Joe Gerache** 10:00-11:30 a.m.
    Lecture St. Mark's "Running the Batteries" Milton Myers** 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    Lecture St. Mark's "Establishing a Foothold" Warren Grabau** 2:15-3:15 p.m.
    Lecture St. Mark's "Days of Decision" Jim Woodrick** 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Concert St. Mark's "Hardtack and Coffee" 5:00-5:45 p.m.

     * $10.00 Admission Fee, includes lecture and reception ** $20.00 All day Admission Fee, or $5.00 per lecture/event

    Our thanks to these speakers and performers who have volunteered their time to share their knowledge and talents. All proceeds will go to the Friends of the Vicksburg Campaign and Historic Trail, Inc.

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