December 14, 2008

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A fire station now stands on the corner of Jackson and Cherry streets where the Railroad and Banking Office stood until the tornado of 1953. The structure was constructed around 1840. During the siege, it was headquarters for Confederate Gen. Martin L. Smith, a New Yorker who fought for the South. The photo is from the Old Court House Museum collection.


George Downing of Vicksburg said  his family owned the home until it was sold to the American Legion, which razed it in 1926.

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Historic photos taken in and around Vicksburg are featured on Sundays in The Vicksburg Post. Many of the photos are from the J. Mack Moore Collection at the Old Court House Museum. Though not all photos were taken by Mr. Moore, they are part of the collection given to the museum by longtime Vicksburg Post managing editor Charles J. Faulk. Appropriate photos from the public will also be accepted and published. To submit a photo, contact Karen Gamble at 636-4545.