Windsor Ruins, Mississippi, USA by Leigh (Bella) St John

Windsor Ruins, Mississippi, USA

The Windsor Mansion built immediately prior to the American Civil War, was the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion to have ever been built in Mississippi.

Due to its vantage point overlooking the Mississippi Rover, the building's rooftop observatory was utilised by Confederate soldiers; however due to their signals being intercepted and interpreted by General Grant's Union troops who were preparing to advance on Vicksburg, the southerners soon were replaced by Union troops who commandeered the plantation.

On April 29th, 1863 thousands of Union troops who had crossed the river at Bruinsburg Landing marched past Windsor; and only two days later following the Battle of Port Gibson many of those same troops would be brought back to the mansion where a hospital had been established in the basement.

During the occupation, a Union soldier was shot and killed while standing in the doorway of the house and upon hearing the news, Grant ordered the mansion be burned to the ground. It was only due to the pleading of Catherine Freeland Daniel, wife of the owner of the estate who had nursed the Union troops, that the house was spared.

Unfortunately, it wasn't spared a fiery death for long. The stately home survived the war, only to be destroyed by fire in 1890.

Mark Twain wrote of the elegance of the building in his book, 'Life on the Mississippi' and that elegance is still palpable in the ruins that remain...