The Selection of a President

The Selection of a President (HM1YP8)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.042', W 90° 53.043'

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On a February day in 1861 as Jefferson and Varina Davis were pruning roses on the lawn at Brierfield, their home south of Vicksburg, a messenger arrived informing Davis that he had been elected president of the Confederate States of America.

Mrs. Davis wrote, "He looked so grieved that I feared some evil had befallen our family. After a few minutes' painful silence, he told me, as a man might speak of a sentence of death...." He left the next day for Montgomery, Ala., for the inauguration, making his first speech as president-elect at the Vicksburg Wharf.

Davis was a graduate of West Point and a hero of the Mexican War. He served in the United States Congress, Senate, and was Secretary of War.

After the War Between the States, he was a greatly-revered Southern statesman and predicted for America "a future full of promise, a future of expanding national glory, before which all the world will stand amazed."

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HM NumberHM1YP8
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699117 N 3581277
Decimal Degrees32.35070000, -90.88405000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.042', W 90° 53.043'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 2.52" N, 90° 53' 2.58" W
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Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200-1298 Levee St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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