Monday, November 16, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan and daughter, Mellie, 1886, Part 2

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January 21
Writing and mailing emigration circulars to the Elders and attending to mission affairs. John and Joseph Groesbeck arrived from Utah.

January 22
Obtained transportation of Mr. Wrenn for self and party to Meridian, Miss. Going to New Orleans. Took 11 a.m. train over Western and Atlantic Ry. And went to Dalton. Lay over two hours. Visited the Court House where the murderers of Joseph Standing were acquitted. At 4:35 took East Tenn. Train to Rome, Georgia where we took sleeper for Meridian. Had a rough ride during the night.

January 23
Arrived at Lauderdale at 5 a.m. and changed cars to M. and O. Ry. And arrived at Meridian at 6:20 Bought ticket and at seven continued our journey to New Orleans. Arrived at 1 p.m. Hired rooms at 221 Gravier Street. Walked about town and went to Robinson Dime (?) Museum.

January 24
Visited the French market early this a.m. then walked about the wharf and visited a Liverpool steamer and a packet running between N. O. and Vicksburg, both very fine. Then took street cars to Greenwood Cemetery which we passed through. Then went to west end by steam (?) spending an hour there. Returned to the city and attended the St. Charles Theatre, “Streets of Paris.”

January 25
Went out to the Exposition this a.m. and met six Elders from Miss Conference visiting and sight seeing. Attended the Exposition all day. Returned tired and hungry. Walked about town a while.

January 26
Went out to the Exposition this a.m. and spent the day. Returned at 4:30 and took steamer, Jas. D. White, to Vicksburg.

January 27
Awoke in time to see Baton Route and during the day steamed up the river, passing Port Hudson and other points of interest.

January 28
Quite cool today. Still on the boat. Arrived at Vicksburg at 3:30. Walked up into the city and got a carriage and drove out to the National Cemetery. Had a fine view of the river. Returned and went to the Verandale House and met Mr. Peck. One of our party in the Blockade.

(To be continued.)

The Groesbecks arriving January 21, could be: John Groesbeck, born 1866 to Nicholas Harmon and Rhoda Groesbeck, and Joseph Groesbeck, born 1864 to John Hamilton and Helen Melvina (Mellie) Morgan. They are probably part of the party mentioned on the 22nd traveling to New Orleans.

The John Hamilton Morgan journal, Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah.

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