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vicksburg is located on the mississippi river and is the county seat of warren county mississippi. in 1719 the french built fort saint pierre near present day vicksburg. the spanish ocuppied the area in 1790 and called their settlement nogales. the united states took over the area in 1798 and renamed the settlement walnut hill. vicksburg was incorporated in 1825 and was named after methodist minister newitt vick. the most significant historic event of vicksburg was the siege of 1863. this 47 day siege was a decisive union victory during the civil war. after the civil war vicksburg suffered under the policies of radical reconstruction. in 1870 blacks in the south were given the right to vote. in many areas in the south blacks were a majority and many black officials were elected to government positions. these elections enraged many white southerners and in 1874 sparked the vicksburg massacre. it is believed that between 50 and 300 blacks were killed during a riot to remove black elected officials. president ulysses s. grant had to send federal troops to quell the violence. after the riot democrates in congress proposed the mississippi plan inorder to overthrow the republicans and supress the black vote. this late 19 th century reaction was the basis of the "jim crow" laws in the south during the first half of the 20 th century. today vicksburg is an important mississippi river port city and millions of tourists come to vicksburg each year to visit the vicksburg national military park.

  • Last visit to Vicksburg: May 2010
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