Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a Sesquicentennial Event in Vicksburg organized by the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The event was held at the Old Courthouse in downtown Vicksburg and was a re-enactment of the speech given by President Elect Jefferson Davis before he departed his hometown for Montgomery, Alabama, to be sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America.
There were living historians in both military and civilian dress of 1861, some sporting secession cockades bearing the likeness of Jefferson Davis, and several hundred spectators. I spoke with folks from across Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana who attended and also a family from South Carolina who were there for the event.
Next weekend we will complete what started in Vicksburg yesterday and recreate the swearing-in of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederacy with a parade, musket and cannon salutes and a reenactment of the first raising of 1st National Flag of the Confederacy at the Alabama State Capitol Building.
The forecast is for sunny skies and a high temperature of 70 F making Saturday the 19th of February a beautiful day to be in Montgomery to remember this part of our History.
For more info on the Montgomery Event see: http://confederate150.com/2011.html
I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Montgomery,