Map of Meridian, Mississippi (side 2). Call number: MA/2003.0150 (b) MDAH Collection

Map of Meridian, Mississippi (side 2). Call number: MA/2003.0150 (b) MDAH Collection

These maps are part of a large group that was recently digitized and made available in the online catalog. Click the title to view the map or click “Link to the catalog” to view its catalog record.

Map of Jackson, Mississippi [1929?]. Call number: MA/2003.0113 (b) Link to the catalog.

Map of Jackson, Mississippi [1948?]. Call number: MA/2003.0126 (b) Link to the catalog.

Jackson ["Spirit of '76"]. Call number: MA/2003.0130 (b) Link to the catalog.

Official map of Jackson, Miss [1940s?]. Call number: MA/2003.0137 (b) Link to the catalog.

Official map of Jackson, Miss [1940s?]. Call number: MA/2003.0139 (b) Link to the catalog.

Map of Meridian, Mississippi. Call number: MA/2003.0150 (b) Link to the catalog.

Ocean Springs, Mississippi [1973]. Call number:MA/2003.0157 (b) Link to the catalog.

Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, 1930. Call number: MA/2003.0192 (b) Link to the catalog.

Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi [1930]. Call number: MA/2003.0193 (b) Link to the catalog.

Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi [1930]. Call number: MA/2003.0194 (b) Link to the catalog.

City of Vicksburg, Warren County [1962]. Call number: MA/2003.0202(b) Link to the catalog.

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Vicksburg Surrenders

On July 3, 2013, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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The Mississippi Civil War Sesquicentennial continues and in the coming months we will be highlighting Museum Division collections related to 1863 and the Civil War. Special thanks to Nan Prince, assistant director of collections, for writing this series.

July 4, 1863 – The Vicksburg Campaign: The Surrender of Vicksburg

1st National Confederate flag. Accession number: 2004.3.1 (Museum Division collection)

1st National Confederate flag. Accession number: 2004.3.1 (Museum Division collection)

President Abraham Lincoln called Vicksburg, Mississippi, “the key” to winning the Civil War, and General Ulysses S. Grant launched the Vicksburg Campaign in the spring of 1863. The campaign was a series of battles and maneuvers that led to the eventual siege and surrender of the Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River.

General John Pemberton’s army in Vicksburg was worn down from Grant’s forty-seven day siege. Thousands of his soldiers were suffering from illness, wounds, and malnutrition; and supplies were dangerously low. Realizing that no relief would be coming from General Joseph Johnston and that he could negotiate better terms of surrender on Independence Day, Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg on July 4.

Pictured above is a 1st National Confederate flag taken by Samuel Loring Percival Ayres, second assistant engineer of the USS Pensacola, at Vicksburg on July 4, 1863. The flag was made by H. Cassidy, a prominent flag maker in New Orleans, and is 8 ½ feet long. Cassidy often made Confederate flags from old US flags, and he probably employed that technique with this flag.

Source: “Vicksburg Surrender,” Vicksburg National Military Park, National Park Service, http://www.nps.gov/vick/historyculture/surrender.htm.

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Witbeck Collection Now Online

On August 15, 2012, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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Senator Pat Harrison's Funeral at Gulfport, Miss., June 25, 1941. PI/COL/1982.0016, item 46 (MDAH)

Senator Pat Harrison's Funeral at Gulfport, Miss., June 25, 1941. PI/COL/1982.0016, item 46 (MDAH)

The Witbeck, C. W., Photograph Collection depicts people and places in towns and cities throughout Mississippi dating from 1911 through 1955. The 333 black-and-white photographs focus on Brookhaven, Gulfport, Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi. The collection also contains views of Monticello, Meadville and Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The earliest print, from 1911, is of McGrath’s Baseball Team in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

The collection includes 18 photographs of Governor Hugh White’s inauguration (January 22, 1952), 62 photographs of the United States Naval Training School in Gulfport (July 17, 1950), 35 photographs of Senator Pat Harrison’s funeral (June 25, 1941), 19 photographs of the Mississippi Highway Patrol General Assembly (August 3, 1950), 18 photographs of the Masonic Building fire in Brookhaven (March 25-26, 1951), 13 photographs of a Wesson Lions Club event (March 26, 1951), 11 photographs of the Whitworth College Coronation Pageant (May 29, 1950), and 5 photographs of African-American Little Leaguers in Brookhaven (June 15, 1955).

Pictured above is the 1941 funeral of Byron Patton “Pat” Harrison who represented Mississippi in the United States Congress for many years. He served in the House of Representatives from 1911-1919 and the Senate from 1919-1941. See Westley F. Busbee, Jr., Mississippi: A History (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2005), 209.

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Recently Digitized Maps Available Online

On July 18, 2012, in Maps, by Amanda
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Map of the city of Natchez suburbs : Adams County, Mississippi. Call number: MA/2003.0176(os) MDAH Collection

Map of the city of Natchez suburbs : Adams County, Mississippi. Call number: MA/2003.0176(os) MDAH Collection

These maps are now available to view online. Click the map title to view the map or view the catalog record via the links titled “Click here to view this map’s catalog record.”

Plot of Vicksburg and Natchez Districts for leasing abandoned plantations, 1864? Call Number: MA/94.0046 (b) MDAH Collection. Click here to view this map’s catalog record.

Northern Mississippi and Alabama, 1864. Call Number: MA/94.0052 (c) MDAH Collection. Click here to view this map’s catalog record.

Bacon’s steel plate map of the American states, north & south showing the railways, forts, fortifications, 1863. Call Number: MA/94.0041 (b) MDAH Collection. Click here to view this map’s catalog record.

Clinton Cemetery, ca. 1900. Call Number: MA/2003.0074 (c) MDAH Collection. Click here to view this map’s catalog record.

Map of the city of Natchez suburbs : Adams County, Mississippi. Call Number: MA/2003.0176 (os) MDAH Collection. Click here to view this map’s catalog record. (pictured above)

State of Mississippi, 1885. Call Number: MA/2002.0044 (c) MDAH Collection. Click here to view this map’s catalog record.

Mississippi, 1898. Call Number: MA/2002.0050 (c) MDAH Collection. Click here to view this map’s catalog record.

Half century Confederate memorial : map of the Confederate States of America, 1910. Call Number: MA/2002.0072 (c) MDAH Collection. Click here to view this map’s catalog record.

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More Maps Online

On April 14, 2011, in Digital Archives, Maps, by Amanda
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Editor’s Note: The blog has been neglecting the task of announcing additions to our digital holdings (usually non-digitized items that have recently been scanned). The next few posts will be dedicated to updating readers about collections that are now available to view online!

Map of Vicksburg Cut Off, Madison Parish, Ls., 1876. Call Number: MA/86.0025(b) MDAH Collection

Map of Vicksburg Cut Off, Madison Parish, Ls., 1876. Call Number: MA/86.0025(b) MDAH Collection

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View these maps as Zoomify JPEG files by clicking the links below:

Asher & Adams’ Louisiana and Mississippi, 1874. Call Number: MA/92.0147(b). Or view the catalog record.

LinkGray’s new map of Mississippi, 1878. Call Number: MA/92.0152(b). Or view the catalog record.

Map of Vicksburg Cut Off, Madison Parish, Ls., 1876. Call Number: MA/86.0025(b) pictured above. Or view the catalog record.

LinkOfficial map of the city of Biloxi, Miss., 1900. Call Number: MA/2003.0066(b). Or view the catalog record.

Vicksburg city map. Call Number: MA/2003.0198(b). Or view the catalog record.

LinkWeathersby, Simpson County, Mississippi city map. Call Number: MA/2003.0204(b). Or view the catalog record.

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