Judge Lake

Judge Lake (HM26BM)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.209', W 90° 52.598'

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—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

Lakemont was built in 1835 by Judge William Lake who served in the United States Congress (1855-1856) and in the Mississippi House of Representatives (1859-1861). In 1861, while campaigning for the Confederate Congress, Judge Lake and his opponent, Colonel Henry Chambers, swapped slurs about each other. On October 15, Lake challenged Chambers to a duel which he unfortunately lost.

Mary Lake Green

In 1856 Judge Lake's daughter, Mary, married Mr. Duff Green, the wealthy cotton broker who built the Duff Green Mansion.

You Never Know...

When Judge Lake was killed during the duel, Captain Thomas
Leathers was his "Second". Leathers was the captain and
owner of the famed Natchez paddle wheeler and piloted the
vessel during the famous race on the Mississippi River against
the Robert E. Lee. Captain Leathers held Lake in his lap as
he died from the gun shot. In 1896, 35 years later, Captain
Leathers (80 years old) was run over by a hit-and-run bicyclist
in New Orleans. His head hit the pavement and a young man,
who witnessed the incident, held Leathers in his lap as he
died. It was later determined that the young man who held
the captain was the grandson of Judge Lake. At the time of
the accident the grandson had no idea of the connection

between the captain and his grandfather.

Photo caption

Take a look... The wrought iron fence and gate
are original to the home (1835). The damage
on the gate was caused by a Union cannon
shell striking it during the Siege of Vicksburg!
HM NumberHM26BM
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699809 N 3581599
Decimal Degrees32.35348333, -90.87663333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.209', W 90° 52.598'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 12.54" N, 90° 52' 35.88" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1100 Main St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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