National Military Park
1866: National Military Cemetary
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteA key battle of the Civil War took place in Vicksburg, Mississippi. A campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg took place from March 29 to July 4, 1863. Vicksburg was located high on bluffs guarding the Mississippi river and was known as "The Gibraltar of the Confederacy". The Union laid siege for 47 days, and when Vicksburg finally surrendered, the Union gained control fo the lower Mississippi River, and split the Confederacy in two. Battles at Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hill, and Big Black River were all part of the Vicksburg campaign.
What You're Going to SeeVicksburg is in an excellent state of restoration. Over 1,300 monuments and markers are scattered throughout the grounds, and there are also reconstructed earthworks and trenches, an antebellum home, more than 125 cannon, and the Vicksburg National Cemetery. Visitors can also see the U.S.S. Cairo Museum and Gunboat. There is a 16-mile auto tour road that winds past many of the significant historic sites.
Personal ObservationsI've seen it!
Getting ThereFrom Jackson, take I-20 west for 41 miles, to Vicksburg. Take the 4B exit, and take Clay St (US 80) west for about 1/4 mile to the Park border, and 1/2 mile to the visitor center.
Nearby AttractionsNatchez National Historical Park is about 60 miles south. Natchez Trace Parkway and National Scenic Trail pass within 50 miles, to the east in Jackson. Poverty Point National Monument is about 40 miles west, in Louisiana. Arkansas Post National Memorial is about 100 miles northwest in Arkansas.