"Vicksburg, Mississippi" Vicksburg by leafmcgowan

Vicksburg Travel Guide: 94 reviews and 200 photos

Downtown Vicksburg

Set high on a bluff overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River, this small "Old Town" is rich with history and aliver with diverse attractions and events from river boat cruises, museums, historic home tours, 19th century architecture, shops, boutiques, The National Military Park, galleries, driving tours, casinos, buffets, gambling, music, and local festivals. Full of charm and overflowing with true Southern hospitality, this is a city to savor. Barges moved cotton up and down the river during the time of King Cotton. Vicksburg is the first place in the world where Coca-Cola was bottled.
<P>The seasons are known to be pleasant in these parts - especially Spring and Fall with cool nights and warm sunny days with temperatures ranging 40's-70's (Fahrenheit). Winters have 30's to 50's. Summers are consistently warm with low 70's to highs ranging in the 80's and 90's in the afternoons. Population: 26, 407. I was amazed to see there are no movie theaters here however - closest is in Jackson over 45 miles away. A unique aspect to Vicksburg downtown that not even large metropolitan cities have - is FREE WiFi Internet - Vicksburg provides free wireless internet access in the 1200 through the 1400 block of Washington Street, The Vicksburg Convention Center, and the Tourist Information Center.

Sieze of Vicksburg

<b>Sieze of Vicksburg</b><BR>
The Fortworks at Vicksburg have been reconstructed to demonstrate what Confederate fortifications were like in the Summer of 1863. Designed and constructed under the supervision of Majour Samuel Lockett, the Confederate fortification of Vicksburg extended for more than 8 miles and formed a huge semi-circle around the city with flanks resting on the Mississippi River above and below Vicksburg. The line consisted of 9 major forts, referred to as the Redans (triangle shaped), Redoubts (rectangular shaped), and Lunettes (crescent shaped). The forts were made of earth and logs, and were connected to a line of trenches and rifle pits. Known as the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy" - Vicksburg's fortifications were manned by 30,000 troops, mounted 170 cannons, and posed the major obstacle to Union domination of the Mississippi River.<P>Union Troops commanded by Major General Ulysses S Grant - stormed the city's defenses on May 19 and 22, 1863, only to be driven back with heavy loss. Resorting to seige operations - Grant slowly extended his lines cutting the Confederates off from all supply and communications with the outside world. Federal soldiers then dug thirteen approaches - the object of which was to reach Confederate lines and detonate mines underneath the forts.

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  • Pros:historic, cultural, small, casinos, museums
  • Cons:small, no movie theaters, high levels of poverty
  • In a nutshell:A little roadstop for travellers on I-20
  • Last visit to Vicksburg: Jun 2005
  • Intro Written Jun 2, 2005
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