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The Yankee Occupation of Natchez  

Jul/11/2013 - Jul/11/2013
Location: Historic Natchez Foundation

Natchez National Historical Park has produced a new exhibit Yankees in Natchez to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the occupation of Natchez by Federal troops on July 13, 1863. In addition, Park Historian Jefferson Mansell will present an illustrated lecture on the subject entitled “Without Opposition: The Yankee Occupation of Natchez”. The lecture will be at the Historic Natchez Foundation, 108 S. Commerce Street Thursday July 11 at 7:00 p.m. The exhibit is on display in the Eastern National bookstore in the Natchez Visitors Center, 640 S. Canal St.

Shortly after the fall of Vicksburg, General U. S. Grant authorized the occupation of Natchez in an attempt to stop the channeling of supplies across the river to Confederate General Kirby Smith. The citizens of Natchez were completely surprised by the arrival of Federal troops and Union officers reported that they took the city without opposition.

The exhibit includes a number of first-hand accounts of the occupation by Federal troops, including General Thomas Ransom, the Union officer who directed the campaign. Exhibit panels touch on the construction of the Federal fortification (Fort McPherson), life behind enemy lines, the establishment of contraband camps, and the formation of local regiments of the United States Colored Troops. The exhibit will be on display through October.

For more information about these or other activities at Natchez National Historical Park, including Melrose and the William Johnson House, please call the William Johnson House at 601-445-5345 or Melrose at 601-446-5790

Contact: Natchez National Historical Park
Phone: 601-442-7049
Fax: 601-442-8845

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