If you come durring the summer months, and have not visited this part of the country before, nothing can prepare you for the intense humidity. Super-light fabrics are a must if you plan on being outside much - Most people like to walk around the river front murals, gardens of tour homes and the military park at least. Even if it is only 90 degrees, it WILL feel like you are in an oven. Long pants are HUGE no-no. (( However, spring and fall can have huge differences in temperature from day to day. - bring a wind-breaker and be sure to check weather.com before any trip))
the duff-green mansion was built in 1856 and is considered the finest example of palladian architecture in the state of mississippi. the mansion was shelled during the seige of vicksburg and it's owners had to live in a cave. later the mansion was used as a hospital for both confederate and union troops. today the duff-green mansion is a bed & breakfast inn and is open to the general public for tours 12:00 to 5:00 daily.
U.S. Navy Memorial
This is the tallest monument in the Military Park standing at 202ft heigh. It pays tribute to the offers and sailors of the U.S. Navy who served in the Vicksburg Campagin. There are four statues of the fleet commanders, Admirals Farragut and Porter and Flag Officers Davis and Foote at the base of the monument.
Scenes of Vicksburg
"The old town"
Vicksburg possesses its fair share of Southern architecture. Stately homes make up the core of this most historic place. This is an excellent area to take a walking tour. Many of the homes are available for tours, while others may be private residences. It do recommend obtaining a guidebook or some information from the local area regarding which places may be visited. The Pemberton Headquarters pictured here was where the famous seige of Vicksburg formally ended on July 3, 1862. Here, the South surrendered the city. Once the Union took Vicksburg, they had control of the Mississippi River. This would split the Confederacy into two.
The National Park Service maintains the Vicksburg National Battlefield. Here, one can see the terrain common to this area and view the seige lines that circled the old city. The area is slightly hilly and very wooded. It is best to have a car since some of the areas can be spread out. Adjacent to the battlefield is the Vicksburg National Cemetery as well as the gunboat Cairo. The seige that was fought here was one of the most important battles of the Civil War.
The great Mississippi River tends to change its course over the years. Once, the river ran right on the edge of the old town. Now, a channel known as the Yazoo River leads to the much larger river. Even if the river is not right in the old town, it will never be far away. For a good sunset viewing point, visit the "Widow Blakely", which is a large cannon facing the river. From there, you can see the bridge crossing the river. There is ample parking by the cannon.