Few People Know Hundreds Of Caves Were Once Home To An Entire Town In Mississippi

Mississippi isn’t exactly known for its caves. However, at one time, Vicksburg was home to hundreds of them. That’s right; in the midst of the Civil War, caves were scattered throughout the town and surrounding countryside. The man-made caves provided shelter from the constant bombings by the Union army during the 47-day siege of the city. Keep reading to learn more about cave life in Vicksburg.

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At the end of the siege, less than 20 civilians were killed by the bombardment, so it seems the caves served their purpose. Once citizens returned to their homes, the caves were simply abandoned, leaving nature to take its course. Over the years, the caves have completely vanished from the landscape, which is pretty remarkable since they were so abundant during the war.

So, did you know about this part of Vicksburg’s past? Tell us in the comments section.

Mississippi is full of interesting history related to the Civil War. Read about another incident, which has left behind some haunting effects, here.