We crossed the Great Mississippi River!

We are celebrating Chris's birthday so we are going cat-fishing in Louisiana.  We bought some stink bait (it really stinks... BAD). Chris found a fishing spot at Cross lake in Shreveport, Louisiana to take the kids fishing.  We didn't have any luck but the kids had a good time.   Elijah learned  bait casting while we were there.  

 

Ready to go fishing

A local guy caught a big bass...

Beautiful fishing spot with cypress trees in the water.

Henry looks so comfortable in the front seat of the RV.

    After a fun morning of fishing, we drove on over to Mississippi.  We were all spelling M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I over and over again.  I think we got it....we can all spell Mississippi on demand...lol. After we settled into a camping spot, I made burgers for Chris's birthday dinner and we had ice cream for dessert.  Tomorrow we are going to see Vicksburg National Military Park...one of the bloodiest battle sites of the civil war. 20,000 men lost their lives here during the Civil war. 

Welcome to Mississippi

Our campsite

The entrance to the battlegrounds

 

So many fathers, husbands and sons lost their lives on this field.

There are forty-seven steps in the long stairway leading to this granite memorial, one for each day of the Siege of Vicksburg. 

Major General Ulysses S. Grant

The Cemetery of the fallen soldiers...more than 17,000 soldiers are buried here.

Becoming Junior Rangers of Vicksburg National Military Park.

The USS Cairo is on also on display at Vicksburg National Military Park.  We walked on a Civil War ironclad and seen the damage that led to it's sinking in 1862 on the Mississippi river.

Quick Facts For the USS Cairo

Ironclad River Gunboat: City Class
Constructed: Mound City, IL
Length: 175 ft
Tonnage: 152
Top Speed: 6 Knots
Crew Size: 251 Officers and Men
Commissioned: January 16, 1862
Torpedoed and Sunk: December 12, 1862
Raised: December 12, 1964