Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Widow Blakely, Vicksburg, MS

Another shot from our short trip to Vicksburg, MS. This is the Widow Blakely cannon. It was used to during the Civil War to defend Vicksburg. Today it overlooks the Mississippi River and the bridges that cross over it.

11 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Super shot. Widowmaker, huh. MB

Olivier said...

belle photo et belle composition, on pourrait s'imaginer a la commande de ce canon.
beautiful photo and beautiful composition, could imagine the command of the cannon.

crittoria said...

You choose a great angle for this shot, Jim. It looks like the canon is lined up to take out the bridge though...

Olivier said...

si tu passes sur mon blog, il y a quelque chose pour toi ;o)
if you pass on my blog, there is something as you ;o)

Ken said...

Interesting name, there must be a story behind it.

Tanya said...

It does look like it's about to take out that bridge!

Jana said...

Great view!

alicesg said...

Beautiful photo and scenery. Wondered why canons had to face the sea. That's how we were conquered by the Japanese during WWII. The japanese did not come in by the sea but by our backdoor through the forests...Scary eh!. So the canons facing the sea were left idle...:(

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I've been there many times and love it each time.
(o.k., Jim, you need to come see my post! :)

Rambling Round said...

I hope to visit the military park one of these days! Nice view.

Anonymous said...

was called the Widow Blakely because it was the only specimen of British Captain Theophilus Alexander Blakely's design in the works at Vicksburg. While firing on Federal gunboats during the Siege of Vicksburg, a shell exploded prematurely in the tube. The broken end was trimmed off, and the Widow was used as a mortar for the remainder of its service. Taken to West Point as a trophy, the Widow was misidentified as "Whistling Dick", another famous Confederate cannon, which Ripley has identified as an 18-pounder rifle. When her true identity was recognized, the Widow was sent back to Vicksburg, and placed on the bluffs about a mile south of her original position.