Vicksburg National Military Park

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Facility:Vicksburg National Military Park
Description:The park commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg. The city's surrender on July 4, 1863, along with the capture of Port Hudson, LA, on July 8, split the South, giving control of the Mississippi River to the Union. Over 1,340 monuments, a restored Union gunboat, and National Cemetery mark the 16-mile tour road. Be sure to stop at the Visitors Center, the USS Cairo Museum and the Vicksburg National Cemetery.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:3201 Clay Street
Address 2:
City:Vicksburg
State/Province:MS
Zip Code:39183
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:OCT-MAR 8-5; APR-SEP 8-7
Admission:$8 per vehicle, valid for 7 days. See the website for free admission days.
Telephone:(601) 636-0583
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
B. Hargett, Co-op Member
This was a fascinating place to explore. It needs more time than just a few hours. We took so long going through the drive and stopping at the monuments and battle sites, that we missed being able to examine the restored gunboat at the end of the drive.

The visitor's center had dioramas and displays of Civil War times. I was most fascinated with the caves that were dug into the loess soil unique to that area in the attempt of citizens of Vicksburg to escape the battle. There is a replica of one such dwelling in the building. It was here that we understood how the victory at Vicksburg made such a difference with the outcome of the war.

After you leave the center, you begin the 16-mile tour road dotted with 1,340 monuments. Then at the end of the drive is the restored USS Cairo and the cemetery that includes over 18,000 interments. These sights put an enormity on the death toll of the Civil War.
Brenda A., Co-op Member
WOW! I can't say we loved the visitors center, because it's not much more than a gift shop. TAKE THE GUIDED TOUR! Our guide taught us so much about every monument. Positively brought an understanding of The Civil War to a higher level than any textbook could.
Amber M., Co-op Member
Definitely informative, I recommend the guided tour via cd. It takes more than 2 hours to complete, so bring a snack to have on hand. Young children may not find it as entertaining as older kids, so bring something for them to do.

We went on our vacation 2 years ago when passing through, and plan on going again this year.
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