Vicksburg National Military Park Travel Guide
The story of Vicksburg is a sad one for...
The story of Vicksburg is a sad one for...
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USS Cairo ironclad ship museum
Main entrance to the driving tour
Ranks with Gettysburg for monuments and markers
Mainly used as a sports track by joggers and walkers
In a nutshell
An interesting piece of history, well presented
Vicksburg National Military Park is awesome
I did both a tour of the Main Visitor center and driving tour of the Park plus taking time to check out the USS Cairo Museum and the artillery batteries located on the scenic Mississippi River lookouts.The park is comprised of four sections, separated by several miles....
thayer's approach is stop 6 on the vicksburg battlefield tour. on may 22 nd union troops commanded by general john thayer stormed this hill held by the confederates. thayer and his troops were repulsed by confederate fire.
vicksburg national cemetery
the vicksburg national cemetery was established in 1866 for the internment of union civil war dead. in all there are 17,000 solders buried here of which 13,000 are unknown. later veterans of the spanish american, WWI, WWII, and the korean war were also buried here. the...
u.s.s. cairo museum
the u.s.s. cairo was a union ironclad gun boat that was commissioned in january 1862. the cairo was commanded by thomas o. selfridge and was named after the town of cairo illinois. in december 1862 the cairo was patroling the yazoo river and it struck two mines and sank. the...
the navy monument is a 202 foot high marble obelisk which is the highest in the park. the navy monument honors the union naval officers and sailors that fought in the vicksburg campaign.
new hampshire memorial
the new hampshire memorial honors the solders who fought at vicksburg from that state. this 20 foot tall marble monument was erected in 1904.
ulysses s. grant statue
this equestrain statue was erected on the site of grant's headquarters during the siege of vicksburg. the ulysses s. grant statue was sculpted by frederick c. hibbard in 1919.
79 th new york infantry memorial
this memorial honors the solders of the 79 th new york infantry who fought at vicksburg. this 43 foot garnite obelisk was erected in 1917.
rhode island memorial
the rhode island memorial honors the solders that fought at vicksburg from that state. this memorial depicts a solder retreaving a fallen battle flag. the rhode island memorial was sculpted in 1908 by frank edwin elwell.
the wisconsin memorial honors the 9075 troops that fought at vicksburg from that state. this monument is 122 feet tall topped with a statute of "old abe". the "old abe" war eagle is the symbol of the 8 th wisconsin infantry.
this memorial is one of the most impressive in the park. the illinois memorial was built in 1906 out of stone mountain granite. there are 47 steps up to the memorial that represent the 47 days of the siege. this memorial is 62 feet high and is fashioned after the pantheon in...
the shirley house is the only surviving structure of the battle of vicksburg in the park. the shirley house was used during the seige as headquarters for the 45 th illinois infantry. currently the shirley house is under renovation.
battery de golyer
pictured is a cannon seige line at battery de golyer. this battery was used to fire at the louisiana confederate positions. battery de golyer is the first stop on the battlefield tour.
the michigan memorial honors the solders that fought at vicksburg from that state. the michigan memorial is 37 feet high and is made out of white bethel granite. the memorial was erected in 1916 and was sculpted by herbert adams.
the minnesota monument honors the solders that fought at vickburg for that state. the monument is 90 feet high and is made out of north carolina granite. the memorial was erected in 1907 and was sculpted by william couper.
next to the vicksburg national military park visitor center is the memorial arch. this is the main entrance to the 16 mile driving tour of the park. there a 15 stops on this road which point out important battles during the seige of vicksburg. in the park there are 1330...
USS Cairo Museum
There is also a museum telling the story of the USS Cairo and showing some of the artifacts recovered when it was salvaged in the 1960s.
USS Cairo Details
These pictures show some details about the USS Cairo. Photo 1 shows the hull plating and the cannons sticking through the side; Photo 2 shows the boilers that powered the ship; Photo 3 shows the bridge; Photo 4 shows the device that controlled the movement of the cannons;...
Wildlife (esp. the Fire Ants)
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We were there in the fall, so we didn't run across any snakes, but Vicksburg is home to several poisonous ones. More importantly, watch out for the fire ants nests, which seem to be everywhere. We were walking to the Kentucky memorial, which is in the middle of a field, and accidentally got a nest up in arms when we walked too close to it. Just keep alert - for most of the sights, there's little chance of messing with any of these things, but I know how sometimes you'll wander into a field to get a better picture, and that's when the danger is highest!
Written Dec 2, 2006
Favorite thing: From the moment you enter under the memorial arch at the entrance, you'll discover that Vicksburg National Military Park is among the prettiest in terms of scenery among the military parks in the system. This and the fact that the park receives little traffic tends to explain why the park road is a mecca for area walkers and joggers. The grounds are neatly landscaped, access to all monuments and markers is simple on the self-guiding road, and the surrounding trees would otherwise qualify this place as a beautiful urban park in its own right.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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