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The Daily Dispatch: August 11, 1864., [Electronic resource], Fourth of July celebration by the Miscegenations on President Davis's plantation. (search)
nt Davis's plantation. --The Yankees at Vicksburg had a grand celebration of the 4th of July on the plantation and in the house of the President, Mr. Davis. It was like affairs of the kind generally, and is only noteworthy because of the place where it was held which is thus described by the Vicksburg Herald. Whether the "ladies" alluded to are black or white does not appear anywhere in this record: Davis's Bend.--This is one of the most extraordinary bends of the wonderful Mississippi river, and has received its name from the fact of the settlement on the peninsula formed by the bend of two members of the Davis family, known as "Jeff" and "Joe." This peninsula is some twelve miles in length, and at the point where it is attached to the main land of the State of Mississippi it is so narrow that the enterprising planters have dug a canal across, not unlike the celebrated Butler canal of Vicksburg fame, although not near so long. This canal is called the "cut off," and in h