Mississippi From Sky Parlor Hill – 1863.
This view of Vicksburg, Mississippi
shows the early days of the siege, with flowers blooming and birds
singing. The citizens visited Sky Parlor Hill daily to watch the
battle in the distance. There they discussed the folly of the Union
Army attempting to conquer Vicksburg. The Old Court House Museum is
seen in the distance where McWilliams' life-size portrait of Gen. John
C. Pemberton, the defender of Vicksburg, now hangs. The U.S.S.
Cincinnati, crippled by Confederate cannons, burns in the river. The
citizens of Vicksburg had no idea at that time the trials and
tribulations that awaited them in the weeks to come. This print has
been shown many times on the History Channel. Story tag included.