“A grim reminder of the Civil War”
Vicksburg National Cemetery embraces 116 acres, and holds the remains of 17,000 Civil War Union soldiers, a number unmatched by any other national cemetery. Covering ground once manned by the extreme right of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's XV Army Corps during the siege of Vicksburg, it was established by an act of Congress in 1866, and serves as the final resting place for United States soldiers who gallantly served this country in times of national and international conflict.
The Vicksburg park was great! We noticed at the visitor center that tours were available, but unsure if it would be worth the expense we went ahead watched the intro video and found that to be very informative which pushed me toward the personal tour guide. 20$ an hour turned out to be a deal! They called our guide who said he could be there in 15min and showed up right on time. Robert Terry was his name and was a wealth of knowledge that captivated my 13&10yr old boys. If you have the chance it is a must do!
Impressive and melancholy place. If, like us, you're not very familiar with the area's history, check out the video in the visitor's centre to get an understanding of the siege before you drive around the grounds. Pretty amazing to see how the landscape was physically altered by the war. The iron-clad river gunboat USS Cairo, which was raised from the Yazoo River in recent decades and reconstructed in the park, is a particularly dramatic sight.
Nice quick stop to break up the long drive.
This was one of the best civil war museums. The park is a 16 mile drive thru exhibit it was awesome!
What a beautiful place. We stopped for an hour on our way to Florida but could have spent all day.
Excellent. Especially the USS Cairo that is an ironclad
Good battlefield to visit. Make sure to attend the cannon fire. Being the ear plugs. Love the visit. Wish I could have visit longer.
Absolutely breathtaking views. Lots of monuments and signs explaining significance of areas, etc. It's a driving tour but you can get out and walk around as well. A definite must see!
Be prepared Vicksburg is a big park and the terrain is very rough (why the siege lasted so long). Plan several hours for the stop. We stopped on our way back north from New Orleans. Unfortunately Confederate Ave is closed due to road problems which means to see the whole park you have to double back on parts you've already seen. To complete the Jr Ranger book you have to drive the entire park. It took us about 3 hours to see everything and help the kids answer all the questions. Video at the Visitors' Center is very good. Second Visitors' Center at The Cairo is worth checking out as well.
Great stop to break up our long drive. We stopped for about an hour and a half. Did the driving tour through the park. Lots of history and really interesting. Highly recommend if you have an hour or so to stop and just enjoy the memorials. If you are a history buff it is a must see.
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