Vicksburg National Military Park

The 1863 surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi in what is now known as the Vicksburg Campaign, played a significant role in the turning point of the American Civil War. The campaign lasted about 7 months before the Confederates surrendered the city to the Union. The entire city is dotted with memorials and signs, marking key battles in significant locations.

cannon, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
There are cannons all over the city.

After arriving in Vicksburg and checking into the Cedar Grove Mansion, we drove around the city exploring the markers, the historical buildings, antique shops, and even explored the Vicksburg National Military Park during the evening when all lights were out. It was interesting at night, but our visual was limited. So during the morning, we drove through the park when the sun was out.

Vicksburg Military Park Museum, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
The mini museum.

cannons, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
Cannons

parrot rifle, cannons, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
This is a Parrott Rifle. I didn't know rifles were this big.

wooden fort, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War

entrance, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
Memorial Arch, the entrance to the park.

siege, battlefield, cannons, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
Cannons on the battlefield (Battery DeGolyer).

Shirley House, battlefield, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
The Shirley House, the only remaining wartime structure in the Military Park.

All of the buildings surrounding this house were burned. This remained because the soldier ordered to burn it down was shot before he could carry out the order. During occupation, it served as a Union Army smallpox hospital.

memorial building, siege, commemoration, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
Illinois Memorial

dome, memorial building, commemoration, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
Inside the Illinois Memorial

memorial building interior, commemoration, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War

memorial building, commemoration, marble, stairs, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War

eagle memorial, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War

horse, soldier, statue, memorial, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War

graves, Vicksburg Military Park, MS, Mississippi, Civil War
17,000 graves, of which 13,000 are marked only by a number as the soldier buried beneath is unknown.

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Vicksburg National Military Park

Address: 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183
Hours: Daily 8am – 5pm
Fees: $8/vehicle
Websites: nps.gov/vick

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