Thieves Damage Historic Civil War Landmark


CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS (Ben Caxton) — A historic Mississippi Civil War battlefield landmark has been damaged by thieves. The damage was discovered at the nearly 200-year-old Shaifer House on the site of the Battle of Port Gibson in Claiborne County south of Vicksburg a few weeks ago. Thieves reportedly took four wooden beams and damaged flooring and walls. The Shaifer House was the site of the opening shots of the Battle of Port Gibson in May of 1863. It was built by A.K and Elizabeth Shaifer. Construction began in 1826. The wood framed house is now closed and emergency repairs are underway. Crews hope to have repairs completed in a few weeks. Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the thieves responsible.


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