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Sleeping in Ulysses Grant’s Bed at the Cedar Grove Mansion

During our stay in Mississipi, we encamped at the Cedar Grove Mansion for two nights. Normally I don’t blog about accommodations, however this bed and breakfast deserved a post of its own. Construction on this antebellum estate began in 1840 and was completed in 1852 by the self-made businessman John Alexander Klein. He married Elizabeth Bartley Day in 1842 and because of her ties to William Tecumseh Sherman (her uncle), Cedar Grove survived the American Civil War. During the war, Cedar Grove served as a hospital for the Union and a place for General Ulysses S. Grant and several of his soldiers to stay in. Many of the furnishings are original to the house, purchased when the Kleins went on a year long honeymoon in Europe. Considering its turbulent history (it was hit 41 times during the war), the estate is still well and beautifully maintained!

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One of the many notables to visit and stay at the Cedar Grove mansion was General (and later, the 18th President) Ulysses S. Grant. After the surrender of Vicksburg, Grant spent 3-days in this master bedroom. The canopy bed is purported to be the same bed he slept in although the mattress and furnishings have been updated. 90% of the furnishings are original to the room.

President Ulysses S. Grant's bedroom at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
President Ulysses S. Grant's bedroom at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
While the bed was extremely comfortable, I don’t believe I slept more than 3-4 hours because of my irrational fear there were ghosts about. I kept imagining I would open my eyes to see a gruesome civil war soldier standing over me.

Stairs and hallway at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
The bright red Bohemian Glass above the doorway is dusted with 24k gold. It served a dual purpose of advertising the owner’s wealth but at the same time provided good insulation.

Sitting room at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
The Gentleman’s Parlor

Lodged cannonball at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
The above parlor also had a cannonball lodged into the wall.

Piano and cannonball at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn

Entryway and grandfather clock at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
At the top left corner of the door is the patchwork covering where the cannonball came through.

Sitting room at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
Another sitting room.

Sitting room in the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn

Ballroom at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
This ballroom was being prepared for the Porsche Club during our stay. The piano in this room is Elizabeth Klein’s Centennial piano. Only 100 were made and to date, there are only 3 left in existence. It’s appraised at $1.5 million.

Game room at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
The library and game room. To the left are iron-wrought stairs that lead down to…

Bedroom in the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
The Library Suite. This room was the morgue during the civil war. If any place in the mansion is haunted, it is definitely this room.

Bedroom in the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn

Sunroom in the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
Another sitting room. They did a lot of sitting back then.

Sun room in the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
Elizabeth Klein’s favorite room to serve tea.

Old fashioned record player at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
Regina music box, which went out of style after Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.

Portrait of Robert E Lee at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
A portrait of Robert E. Lee.

Robert E Lee bedroom at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
The Lee Suite.

Tecumseh Sherman's Room at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
On our second night at the Cedar Grove Mansion, we moved to the Sherman Room.

Tecumseh Sherman's bedroom at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
While not as ornate as the Grant Room, it is still beautifully appointed and we found it more comfortable –it was brighter and seemed… to be frank, less haunted.

Dining room at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
The wooden buffet in the right of this dining room is actually a metal safe hidden in plain sight. It’s said that this was how the Kleins kept their wealth while so many of their neighbors lost theirs.

Deck at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn

Deck views of the Mississippi River at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
A view of the Mississippi River from the top of the mansion.

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
Back entrance of the mansion.

Graves at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
The Kleins had 10 children, 4 of whom died from childhood diseases. These are their original graves. They were reburied years later in the city cemetery next to their mother.

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We ate in the restaurant for breakfast and dinner. The food was delicious, the alcohol very strong.

Breakfast of grits at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
A traditional southern breakfast of grits.

Mint Julip drink at the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn, a haunted civil war era hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/cedar-grove-mansion-inn
This Mint Julep could probably peel the paint off the walls.

Cedar Grove Mansion Inn Overview

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