Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church (HM26BQ)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.21', W 90° 52.537'

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—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

Vicksburg's Oldest Public Building

The cornerstone for Christ Episcopal was laid in 1839 but a fire and yellow fever epidemic delayed completion until 1843. The corner stone was laid by Bishop Leonidas Polk, who later served as a major general in the Confederate Army. During the siege, church doors were left open
and daily services were held. All of the windows except one were destroyed by Union gunboat shelling. Two of the destroyed windows were later replaced with world renowned Tiffany windows.

Constitution Firehouse

To the east and up the hill you can see the cupola atop the Constitution Firehouse which was built in 1870 for $3,600. The cupola was actually constructed in 1837 for the original firehouse and was moved to the "New Firehouse" when it was built.

Before Firehouses; When a fire broke out, Vicksburg's citizens answered to the call of the courthouse bell, bringing buckets to form a "Bucket Brigade". Later, in the 1830's, every able-bodied male citizen of Vicksburg belonged to one of three volunteer fire companies. Then in 1885 Vicksburg established its first organized fire department with paid firemen.

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Christ Episcopal Church (1900) prior to covering the brick with stucco in 1905
HM NumberHM26BQ
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699905 N 3581603
Decimal Degrees32.35350000, -90.87561667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.21', W 90° 52.537'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 12.6" N, 90° 52' 32.22" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-898 Locust St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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