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The U.S. Camel Corps is Headed to Vicksburg!

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THE U.S. CAMEL CORPS?
From Army.milOn April 26, 1843, Quartermaster Captain George H. Crosman penned a letter to Quartermaster General Thomas S Jesup in Washington regarding the importation of camels to the United States. Crosman was serving in Boston at the time and had received a letter from E.F. Miller, Esq. (son of General James Miller) regarding his extensive study of camels. This information was ultimately used by the U.S. Army to introduce the camel into military service in 1856.Camels had been utilized in military service since ancient times. Native Americans had adopted the horse as a major part of their military capabilities. Crosman believed that camels would have a definite advantage over the native horses by intimidating them before any confrontation could even begin, thereby giving our soldiers the upper hand in battle from the very beginning. Major Crosman used the knowledge he had gleaned from E.F. Miller’s studies of 1836 in suggesting the idea to the authorities, including Henry Wayne – a fellow camel enthusiast.In 1848 the importation of camels for military purposes was suggested to the War Department by Henry Wayne, by then a Quartermaster major. Six years later, in 1854, Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, in his report to the senate, tried to persuade Senators to look into the use of camels for the U.S. Army.During this same time period the southwest territory of the U.S. was greatly expanding and in dire need of transportation means and for reliable beasts of burden. Camels could both transport troops and carry heavy loads without being too taxing on their keepers and required minimal upkeep. Camels were known for their ability to endure climates similar to that of our southwestern deserts and for their surefootedness traveling uneven, steep terrain. They could carry at least twice the amount of weight as horses or mules and could last longer periods without water and required only prairie grasses for sustenance.On March 3, 1855, Congress appropriated $30,000 to Secretary Davis for the camel experiment. Following that passage, Secretary Davis sent Major Wayne to the eastern Mediterranean to purchase camels deemed worthy for use by the army.It was a joint effort between the Army and the Navy, as Naval Lt. David Dixon Porter, commanding the transport vessel USS Supply, traveled with Major Henry Wayne to the East in search of military camels. After a successful mission, Wayne and Porter set sail on February 15, 1856, with 33 camels and five Arab handlers on board. Landing on May 14, 1856, at Indianola, Texas, the entire entourage of Soldiers and handlers ended their journey by marching to their base, Camp Verde, on August 27, 1856. Porter traveled overseas a second time, returning on January 30, 1857, with an additional 41 camels. The camels were used primarily for transportation and supply needs as the U.S. Army helped America expand westward.After a few successful years with the Army, outside forces changed the camel experiment dramatically. In February, 1861, Camp Verde fell to the Confederates. By the time the Union army regained possession of the camp, the Federal government seemed to have lost interest in the whole camel project, and their role quickly diminished during the months that followed.The Civil War had come and gone; the railways were fast replacing the camel trails; and the War Department was now dealing with Reconstruction and no longer had the resources to expend upon the camel experiment. In 1866, the Army Quartermaster at New Orleans sold the remaining 66 military camels at auction. Most of the camels ended up in various carnivals and zoos throughout the country. Some were abandoned in the southwest wilderness to survive on their own. Ultimately, only ten years after it began, the military career of the once progressive camel corps had ended.]]]]> ]]>

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Thanks to you, we had more than 3 million hits this month

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When we say we are the largest, most read paper in town, we mean it, and we’ve got the numbers to prove it. But before we do that, let me take a moment to thank you for putting us over the 3 million mark for the month of January.

A screenshot of a total of 3 million hits in January as of 6 p.m.

Our website got over 3 million hits in the month of January. We can break that number down to any demographic you want to see, but know this: Vicksburg obviously loves local news done by a locally owned company that is invested in the community.

We live, work and play here. We own property here. We are invested in our community and committed to providing the news—the good and the bad.

If anyone else wants you to advertise with them, make them show you their numbers.

The hard work of Ronni Mott, Keith Phillips, Kami May, Gabrielle Terret, Gordon Cotton, Thomas Parker and Chris Tankesly are greatly appreciated. This team of reporters, interviewers and news hounds/junkies make work fun and help to keep the focus on providing Vicksburg with the most accurate news delivered quickly and with compassion.

We love providing you with the news and we love that you love seeing it.

2020 is going to be even bigger and better. Vicksburg, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

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Eagle Lake community meeting announced for Feb. 1

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Eagle Lake Shore Road before and after the 2019 flooding.

Earl Wallace, chief of the Eagle Lake Fire Department, has announced a meeting to discuss the potential of flooding on the lake in 2020 and to organize a community effort in the event flooding occurs again this year.

The meeting will be held at the Eagle Lake Methodist Church (16785 state Route 465) on Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 1 p.m.

Wallace says all members of the Eagle Lake community are invited, whether they live there full or part-time, as well as interested stakeholders in the South Delta. Various area agencies have been contacted to have representatives at the meeting.

In 2019, more than 550,000 acres in the South Delta were underwater for months, and most of the houses at Eagle Lake took on water, which caused devastating damage to many structures. Roads were closed, and some folks used boats to get to their homes. Cleanup, demolition and repairs, which began in August, are ongoing.

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