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Vicksburg - Where Grant Really Made His Name

The capture of Vicksburg was vital to the free navigation of Union supply on the Mississippi. Confederate forces in the town stubbornly held back, until the townsfolk burrowed into underground caves, showing their indomitable spirit to the last. When the town was finally captured by Union forces, July 3, 1863, the same day as the fateful last day of battle at Gettysburg, the townsmen were so sickened by the date that they refused to celebrate the 4th of July for the next 81 years -- until 1944, when the United States as a whole nation was fighting for global freedom in the Second World War.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Ranks with Gettysburg for monuments and markers
  • Cons:Mainly used as a sports track by joggers and walkers
  • In a nutshell:Immaculate park with manicured lawns and poignant settings
  • Last visit to Vicksburg National Military Park: Sep 1994
  • Intro Written Jan 10, 2003
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  • olja1234's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2004 at 7:24 AM

    Very nice. I like the place, uknown to me till now. Thanks!

  • dave_21's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2003 at 3:44 PM

    Thanks for the history lession, call me greedy but I want more of these internesting places where history was born =)

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2003 at 10:01 PM

    I agree, an amazing and well maintained park. The Illinois was my favourite.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2003 at 8:27 AM

    Most interesting because I'm a bit of a civil war buff. (But only a little bit.)


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