Start at the Visitors Centre
The first place to visit is the Vicksburg Visitor Centre. Not only for the brochures and information, complimentary soda or coffee (or perhaps the comfort stop) but also because the centre sits on the bluff right between the two bridges spanning the Mississippi. This photo was taken out the back of the Visitor's centre - see what I mean.
planter's hall is one of a number of historic buildings and homes in downtown vicksburg. the planter's hall was built by slave labor in 1834. from 1834 to 1842 planter's hall housed the planter's bank of mississippi. during the seige of vicksburg planter's hall housed the officers of the 28 th louisiana regiment. planter's hall is listed on the national register of historic places. not open to the public.
Third Louisiana Redan
This was one of the major Confederate fortifications guarding the Jackson Road approach to Vicksburg.
The Confederates were aware of the union approach trench and mine digging but despite efforts of sharpshooters, were unable to stop the Federals
Once upon a time in Vicksburg
"Vicksburg on the mighty Mississipp'"
Yes, Vicksburg lies on the eastern shore of the Mississippi River. This being my first chance to see the mighty river, I headed right for the banks, only to find this. Gotta say, it was a bit of a let down. Being from the Pacific Northwest, where our rivers are mostly clear, snow-runoff types, I was not impressed by the muddy waters of the Mississippi. But it IS huge and still quite a site to see.
"So Much History, So Little Time!"
First off, you've gotta visit the National Military Park here. It costs next to nothing and is loaded with history from the Civil War.
On top of the Park, Vicksburg has TONS of historical buildings, houses, etc. Take in as many as possible! Small town, BIG history!
They've also done a nice job renovating part of the downtown area. Check out the pic!