"Port Gibson: Too Beautiful to Burn" Port Gibson by Stephen-KarenConn

Port Gibson Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 42 photos

Port Gibson, located near the Mississippi River between Vicksburg and Natchez, is the third oldest city in Mississippi, chartered as a town on March 12, 1803. It was occupied by General Ulysses S. Grant and his Federal troops in May of 1863, during the War Between the States. Port Gibson was spared the wanton destruction which was the fate of many Southern cities during the War because Grant said it was "too beautiful to burn."

Although the town is historically significant, Port Gibson is smaller today than it has been in times past. The population was 1,840 at the 2000 census. It is the seat of Claiborne County.

  • Last visit to Port Gibson: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 14, 2007
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2007 at 3:08 AM

    Fascinating tips! Hooray for US history! What a shame that the Windsor Plantation burned down AFTER the war. Bet it was gorgeous!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    It's funny to see the word ruins applied to a structure in the US. But indeed it is in ruins! Someday in the future we're going to plan a trip to see Natchez and Vicksburg and this looks like a nice stop :-)

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