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27 Apr 2021

Fifty States of Coinage- Part 24- Mississippi

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Hello Everybody. We go from the land of lake after lake and farmer unions to the land of the South, where the name Grant is a curse, and a city that does not celebrate July 4th. Welcome to Mississippi, folks.

Near 10,000 BC Native Americans or Paleo Indians arrived in the American south. In the Mississippi Delta (Louisiana) settlements sprouted on the natural levees. After thousands of years, the Woodland and Mississippian cultures pioneered agricultural practices, and settled and the Mississippi River area. These people in Mississippi would become the Chickasaw and Choctaw, with the smaller Natchez and Yazoo. Like Georgia and Alabama, the first European that passed through the state was Hernando de Soto, who would die at the shore of the Mississippi River.

In April 1699, the French arrived, colonizing Mississippi for the French from Fort Maurepas (Biloxi). In 1716, they built their river city, Natchez. After Britain's victory during the Seven Year's War, Mississippi became a Brit possession. After the revolution, the Gulf of Mexico half became Spanish, and the upper American. The upper part became a state in 1817, with the lower part (and Florida) joining in 1819.

During the American Civil War, Mississippi was home to one of the biggest Campaigns- Vicksburg. Grant chased General Pemberton through Corinth, Iuka, and finally, the big siege of Vicksburg proper. Citizens began to burrow and ate rats as Grant cut food from the city. On July 4th, 1863, the city surrendered.

During the 1920's, the majority of Mississippi's black farmers had left, hurting the state. During the Civil Rights era, Freedom Riders would shoot for the city of Jackson, with most not making it. In 1987, Mississippi ratified the 20th Amendment. In 2020, the flag removed the Confederate flag, angering many. Today, Mississippi remains the home for blues music, and farmers. Famous people include William Faulkner, Medgar Evers, Elvis Presley, BB King, Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynette, and Shelby Foote.

Did you know that it is illegal to sell cat meat? (Sorry, Stumpy)

For the 24th doggone time, when a beginning collector wants a set of Mississippi coins, they collect what is probably lying in their pile of quarters right now. The 50 state and ATB quarters. The 50-state quarter features a Magnolia branch, with the words "The Magnolia State" above. Released in November 2002, it was the last quarter design of the year.

In 2011, the US Mint came out with the ATB quarter for the state, celebrating Vicksburg NMP. The image is rather mundane, with a steam powered riverboat ironclad coming down the Mississippi, with cannons in full tow.

Groan, no class commemoratives. What now? Let us talk about Vicksburg!

Vicksburg. A vital port for the Confederacy on the Mississippi River. With the fall of New Orleans (which was a suicide charge by USN ADM David Farragut that actually worked) Vicksburg was inevitable to fall next. Once Vicksburg fell, the US Navy would control all shipping up and down the Mississippi River.

General Ulysses S. Grant was put up to the task of capturing Vicksburg. With Hooker and Burnside struggling to contain Robert E. Lee as he went up to Gettysburg, the Union needed something happy. Grant recruited Sherman and told him to begin fighting.

Which occurred in brutal fashion. The first try had five objectives, the goal of which was to enable waterborne access to the Mississippi south of the City defenses at Chickasaw Bayou. All failed in spectacular fashion. Soon, Grant had ADM Porter send gunboats across the river. It worked. Soon, a full-scale army was in Mississippi. Grant's first objective was Jackson, the state capitol. General Joe Johnston's forces collapsed as Grant won 4 straight battles to take the city.

Then. Vicksburg. Iuka was rolled over. Corinth. Finished. Then Vicksburg. Grant opposed a siege and charged an artillery battery. Compare it to Hamburger Hill in Vietnam, with far lesser results. Grant repeated a Hamburger Hill-like charge five times, with five different batteries. All batteries held (Which is why you have good ole' Southerner's defending a hill, not the darn NVA). Grant got desperate. The siege began, with artillery shelling every day, tunneling, and forcing the citizens to live like rats. Finally, Grant attempted one more Hamburger Hill. This time, they broke through. Vicksburg fell on July 4th, the same time when Lee left Pennsylvania. It was a great victory for the north (boo) and sadness for the south.

Thank you, and we will head on our world tour later!

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Guess the Song Lyrics-Last Time-Summer of 69'- Bryan Adams

It's close to midnight

Something evil's lurkin' in the dark

Under the moonlight

You see a sight that almost stops your heart

You try to scream

But terror takes the sound before you make it

You start to freeze

As horror looks you right between the eyes

You're paralyzed


The foulest stench is in the air

The funk of forty thousand years

And grisly ghouls from every tomb

Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive

Your body starts to shiver

For no mere mortal can resist

The evil of the thriller



Level 5

Interesting blog. Coins to history to people.


Level 6

Nice review and research! Thanks for all your work! ; )

Long Beard

Level 5

How I prefer my women, hot and laid back! Nice history through great research.


Level 5

Vicksburg quarter is a nice one. What a time to be at war ! Thanks.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Thriller by Michael Jackson

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