Located along the Mississippi River, Vicksburg National Military Park recalls the battle that is often viewed as a turning point in the U.S. Civil War. Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant led an offensive in the western Mississippi town from March to July in 1863 that resulted in Confederate forces losing control of the key port city.
Many groups opt to follow a 16-mile road that weaves throughout the park. Perfect for motorcoaches as well as passenger vehicles, the road connects many of the battlefield’s significant sites, such as the Shirley House, Fort Hill, Battery Selfridge and the Vicksburg National Cemetery.
A number of ranger-led and living-history programs offer an in-depth look at many aspects of Vicksburg and its significance. From late May to early September, ranger chats are held at the visitors center, and gunboat talks take place at the USS Cairo Museum—both are available three times a day.
In addition to twice-weekly cannon and musket demonstrations during the summer months, other living-history events—which range from the signature anniversary commemoration (July 1–4) and Texas Camel Corps Day to re-enactments of the Battle of Port Gibson and the Assaults on Stockade Redan—offer perspectives on more specific aspects of the Union’s Vicksburg campaign.
Call +1.601.636.0583 or go to nps.gov/vick to learn more.
Top photo: Vicksburg National Cemetery
Photo by Visit Mississippi