Civil War

Mississippi was a young state when the country erupted in Civil War, but its strategic location destined it to become a crucial part of that epic conflict. Abraham Lincoln would say that “Vicksburg is the key,” for whoever controlled this vital port town controlled the nation’s major transportation artery.

Mississippi was ravaged by war, with fighting occurring in virtually every corner of the state and a swath of destruction crossing the middle. The young capital city of Jackson was called “Chimneyville,” as chimneys were virtually all that remained following Union General Sherman’s scorched earth tactics. At war’s end, the state would begin the long, difficult process of physical, psychological and economic recovery.

Today, reminders of Mississippians who fought in and lived during this tragic period can be found throughout the state. Their memories and stories are preserved in the more than 1,000 stately and solemn monuments of Vicksburg National Military Park, the pristine battlefield and gently rolling hills of Brice’s Crossroads, the Corinth Contraband Camp, the last home of Jefferson Davis at Beauvoir, the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University and countless churches and gravesites.

  • RAMCAT RHYTHM & BREWS

    August 5, 2017 - August 5, 2017

    The Delta’s craft beer event, featuring a selection of craft beers, a homebrew competition and live music in downtown’s most historic alley. 662.453.7625

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  • Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival

    August 18, 2017 - August 19, 2017

    On August 18-19 the Fifth Annual Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival, takes place in Downtown Jackson inside the Jackson Convention Complex.  This Boomin’ festival presents a great mix of Rhythm and Blues artists to celebrate Jackson’s rich contribution to the fabric of music. Festivalgoers will experience 30 performances on 5 stages satisfying your senses with a Boomin’ …

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  • PRAIRIE ARTS FESTIVAL

    September 2, 2017 - September 2, 2017

    Held Labor Day Saturday every year in downtown West Point, this family-friendly event has more than 300 vendors of the best handmade crafts and juried fine arts in the South.

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  • 25TH ANNUAL MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST BLUES & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

    September 9, 2017 - September 9, 2017

    Blues festival featuring top blues entertainers. Enjoy music and food.

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  • 33RD ANNUAL DIAMONDHEAD ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR

    September 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017

    Check out one of the best fairs of its kind on the coast! More than 150 art, crafts, and unique gifts vendors and food stands under the trees at the Diamondhead Country Club. Prize raffle. Come inside for lunch specials in the club. Free shuttle from the Diamondhead Shopping Center both days.

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