During the month of June, the Mississippi Marine Brigade spent most of the time around Vicksburg. Several times during their time here, they mentioned being at Snyder’s Bluff. So on a recent trip to Mississippi, I attempted to drive to Snyder’s Bluff by following signs along the road. This is the road I ended up on. The road as you can see is quite narrow and when I came around a bend and met a truck full of logs, I decided I better head back where I came from. Thanks to Pvt. George Painter, I had a little adventure that day.
Here is a post from George’s diary for June 1, 1863 from Snyder’s Bluff, Mississippi. I have only changed spelling and punctuation for easier reading.
Monday, June 1, 1863
This morning at the early hour of 3 o’clock we started from Snyder’s Bluff and ran down the Yazoo to the Mississippi River. We landed on the Louisiana side and buried a man belonging to the Baltic. Then we started up the river and continued on during the night.
Below is the actual entry from George’s diary with some misspellings and little punctuation, but still very readable.
Monday. June 1st. 1863.
This morning at the early hour of 3 we started from Snyders bluffs and run down the yazoo to the Mississippi river and landed on the Louisana side and buried aman belonging to the baltic then we started up the river and continud on dureing the night.
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The last time I went down a road like that one, we came to an old iron bridge that I still to this day would chew out my dear hubby for crossing. It was not meant for a Tundra pick up truck. lol The road had been flooded & cleared so many times that the deep walls were exactly like the ones in your photo. Glad you didn’t have any iron bridges to cross (I hope)
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