The Anti-Dueling Society

The Anti-Dueling Society (HM268S)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39180 Warren County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 20.905', W 90° 52.62'

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—Vicksburg Heritage Walking Trail —

The Luckett Compound

The larger original house was constructed in 1830 and Dr. Thomas Jefferson Harper added the others buildings in 1840. The main building had the parlor and dining areas on the second floor and a ground level basement below, The bedrooms were in the adjacent building and the smallest building was Harper's medical office. After the fall of Vicksburg, Union troops used the compound for quarters.

Interesting. . .

In 1844, after many deaths, Dr. Harper and others including Jefferson Davis (future President of the Confederacy) formed the "Anti-Dueling Society". Davis said dueling was irrational and
immoral and sought to regulate it.

Cave Life
Many families trapped in the city during the Civil War siege dug caves into the hillsides where they would retreat from Union shelling. Over 500 caves were dug for shelters from basic to elaborate and fully furnished. Mary Ann Loughborough kept a diary about her life in a cave during the siege and it was published in 1864.

Tom Lewis attempted to initiate local efforts to preserve the forts and trenches in Vicksburg. He started petitions and escorted people around the battlefield to promote his efforts to preserve the historic area for future generations. Tom can be credited with starting the movement that

lead to the creation of the Vicksburg National Military Park.

"I endeavored by constant prayer to prepare myself for the sudden death I was almost certain awaited me. My heart stood still as we would hear the reports from the guns, and the rushing and fearful sound of the shell as it came toward us." (Mary Ann Loughborough, author of My Cave Life in Vicksburg)
HM NumberHM268S
Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699786 N 3581037
Decimal Degrees32.34841667, -90.87700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 20.905', W 90° 52.62'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 20' 54.3" N, 90° 52' 37.2" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1116 Crawford St, Vicksburg MS 39180, US
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