Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jefferson Davis Election Celebrated in Vicksburg

Vicksburg Celebrates Civil War History
February 12, 2011

VICKSBURG, Miss. -- People in Vicksburg spent Saturday celebrating part of America's history.

Revelers dressed in Civil War attire for the anniversary of Jefferson Davis being elected as the president of the Confederate States of America.

The Mississippi chapters of Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans put on the event.

There were reenactments and an actor gave the same speech Davis did in front of the Vicksburg courthouse so many years ago.

"We wanted to recreate as much as we could today of that somber moment -- to commemorate the beginning of the war for Mississippi," said Alan Palmer, of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Davis was a West Point grad and the Secretary of War for the U.S. under President Franklin Pierce.