The park was established by Congress in 1899, to commemorate one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War, the ... More
Vicksburg National Military Park
The park was established by Congress in 1899, to commemorate one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War, the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg. It includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of reconstructed trenches and earthworks, a 16 mile tour road, antebellum home, 144 emplaced cannons, the restored Union gunboat-USS Cairo, and the Vicksburg National Cemetery. The tour begins in the Visitor Center where you can see exhibits and artifacts from the Seige of Vicksburg and an 18-minute film. Although much can be enjoyed with a self-guided tour, we heartily recommend hiring one of the licensed professional park guides to ride with you. They share so many great stories and interesting facts of the war you will certainly have a greater appreciation and understanding of this important time in our history. To reserve a guide, call the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors' Bureau office at 601-636-0583, extension 8028.
I am a Canadien but love the history of the US. Visiting Vicksburg was the icing on the cake after visiting the re-enactment in Gettesburg last year..What a beautiful town.There was nothing to dislike. We stayed in a beautiful RV park for 3 days
Whether a Civil War Buff or not...This is a very educational & interesting place to visit...Plan on at least 4 hours...The USS Cairo is an amazing thing to see---watch the video in the Cairo Museum & it will make you appreciate it even more....The monuments are impressive; to say the least...We bought the CD which narrates you thru the park....It saves a lot of reading....Bring a camera for lots of pictures....The Ilinois monument is a must visit to go inside... I can't say enough about this place...Also go into the cemetery & go up on the Indian Mound; there is a gazebo there with an awesome view.....
Having spent my summers in Vicksburg as a child, I spent many hours in the park. Last weekend I visited again for the first time in years. Even as an adult it is still thrilling still to visit. It was quite obvious this time that the section of the park devoted to the CSA was not as well maintained as the Union section. This is our country's most beautiful battlefield and hopefully the entire park will maintained equally.
I have visited the park 4 times in the last 25 years. The park is always clean and well maintained considering it's size.
I've been to mostly all the civil war battlefield parks and other civil war historic sites, but this one is dedicated to remembering the fallen more than any other I have been to by far.
My suggestions for anyone going the first time,...bring plenty of film for the camera, plenty of water to drink, and plan for at least an entire day's visit to truly take in everything it has to offer.
I was very impressed with the set-up of the military park. Being a Civil War buff, I was very touched by all of the markers. monuments, and memorials that commemorated one of the most important and costly battles of the Civil War. I was very impressed by the attention to details that the park service made in marking and telling about specific units or actions during the campaign.
I was also impressed with the visitor's center and its abundant supply of Civil War memorabilia and reading materials. They were helpful with any questions we had about the park.
Lastly, I was very impressed with the way the park service placed markers and relics throughout the city of Vicksburg to give you a feel of what happened there 144 years ago. A must see for anyone studying or learning about the Civil War.
The park was wonderful but it was disappointing that there was nothing going like re-enactments on for Memorial Day. I felt that many monuments were unaccessable because of the tall grass. The overall experience was nice. The Cairo Museum was cool. We will be back!
I enjoyed the battlefield. It was very nice, clean, and the statues and the information that is on them and the markers at each site is great.
The city has an old appearance to it. I found it a little run down and there's not too much to do as far as nightlife is concerned.
The Holiday Inn Vicksburg is conveniently located in the heart of the city off I 20 and only minutes from
Historic Downtown Vicksburg and the Vicksburg National Military Park. The hotel is 40 miles from Jackson Amtrak Station. The ...
The 16 mile tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park and a visit to the U.S.S. Cairo Museum are musts
for history lovers. Carriage rides, garden strolls, and river tours round out the experience to mesmerize and entertain everyone. ...
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