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The Shelling of Natchez   

Sep/02/2012 - Sep/02/2012
Location: Gazebo on the Bluff

As part of its Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War, the National Natchez Historical Park will present a free special program, The Shelling of Natchez, at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2 at the Gazebo in Bluff Park. Stephen Don, NPS Ranger will give a talk about the events that led to the bombardment of the city by the U. S. S. Essex.

Sept. 2 will mark the 150th anniversary of the day when the Federal gunboat came to Natchez to get ice for its wounded. Members of the Natchez Silver Greys fired on the ship, killing one man and wounding several others. In retaliation, the Essex shelled the city for over an hour. Seven year-old Rosalie Beekman was hit by shrapnel during the shelling, becoming a child casualty of the Civil War.

The Public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and water. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Natchez Visitor Center auditorium.

For more information about these free programs or other activities at Natchez National Historical Park, including Melrose and the William Johnson House, please call 601-446-5790. You can also visit our website at for more information. Be sure to check under the online “Schedule of Events.

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Contact: Natchez National Historical Park
Phone: 601-446-5790

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