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Tag: Road Trip: Mississippi & Alabama

One of the Civil War Ironclads: U.S.S. Cairo

Ironsides and ironclads… are common vernacular from the American Civil War. Ironcads refer to the steam-powered metal armoured ships that…

I had tea with the Daughters of the American Revolution

I arrived at the Richards DAR House in Mobile by accident. I was in the community looking at some of…

The coffee is surprisingly good in Mobile (Alabama)

In terms of coffee, I wasn’t sure of what to expect in Alabama. As far as southern cities go, I…

Mobile’s history is intertwined with the history of Québec women

Upon arrival in Mobile, I began to refer to the city as a quieter, gentler, New Orleans. The weather is…

Biloxi’s bloody wade-in and an unknown victory

The beach close to the lighthouse in Biloxi was the site of the “Bloody Wade-in” where civil rights activists waded…

About lighthouses and fish skeletons

I made it to Biloxi just in time to see the sun set over the ocean. This is an incredibly…

Natchez: a place known for Civil Rights violence

The next stop on the roadtrip is Natchez, Mississippi… a small city with a really big history. It’s been 300-years…

Vicksburg: So many of these men are unidentified

It upsets me every time I see so many rows of tiny little military gravestones with the word “unknown” on…

Vicksburg: These hills have ghostly memories

Driving through Vicksburg is upsetting. More upsetting than visiting the Preston Castle in Ione, or the mausoleums at the Hollywood…

Vicksburg: The little house in the middle of the battle

First stop on the Southern U.S. road trip was Vicksburg: once home to just about every European colonial power: the…

The coffin receiving place and those stump grave markers

The Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson is one of those weird places where you’re conflicted about how much to explore, where…

East Coast? West Coast? It’s all the Best Coast.

In the chaos of the past two months, I neglected to write about another road trip that happened over the…

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