Vicksburg National Military Park

3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS - 39183

Type: Parks
(601) 636-0583

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Vicksburg National Military Park, located in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a historic site commemorating one of the most significant battles of the American Civil War. The park preserves the site of the Battle of Vicksburg, which was a pivotal Union victory that gave the North control of the Mississippi River and split the Confederacy in two. Established in 1899, the park covers over 1,800 acres and features a wealth of historical monuments, exhibits, and preserved landscapes.

Visitors to Vicksburg National Military Park can explore numerous landmarks and memorials that honor the soldiers who fought in the 47-day siege from May 18 to July 4, 1863. The park includes a 16-mile tour road with stops at key battle sites, fortifications, and over 1,300 monuments and markers. One of the highlights is the restored USS Cairo, an ironclad gunboat that was sunk during the battle and later raised and preserved. The USS Cairo Museum offers an in-depth look at naval warfare during the Civil War and displays artifacts recovered from the vessel.

The park also features the Vicksburg National Cemetery, which holds the graves of over 17,000 Union soldiers, making it one of the largest national cemeteries in the United States. Throughout the year, the park hosts various ranger-led tours, living history demonstrations, and special events that bring the history of the Vicksburg Campaign to life. Vicksburg National Military Park is open year-round, offering a profound and educational experience for history enthusiasts, families, and anyone interested in America's past.

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