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Vicksburg National Military Park

The Battle of Vicksburg was one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War. The Confederate's defeat foreshadowed the inevitable victory by the north. The battle began when Union Forces under General Grant started his movment towards Vicksburg leaving Milliken's Bend on 31 March 1863. Grant's army continued marching and fighting Confederate trrops until he reached Vicksburg on 18 May. Vicksburg was essential to control of traffic on the Mississippi River. If Grant could take Vicksburg it would disrupt supplies for the south and drive a wedge between Confederate Forces in the east and the west. The south surrendered Vicksburg on 4 July 1863. A fact that so angered people in the town that they refused to celebrate the 4th of July until during World War 2 when the nation was trying to reunite after the war.

Illinois Monument

There are several different types of monuments and displays in the park to include: state monuments; specific unit monuments; monuments to different key people; significant sites of interest; the USS Cairo and it's museum; and others. Probably the most impressive and most photographed of the State Monuments is the Illinois Monument.

USS Cairo

Also worth a visit is the USS Cairo and the small museum associated with it. The USS Cairo was sunk on 12 December 1862. It remained sunk in the Mississippi until it was salvaged in the early 1960s. Many of the artifacts recovered from the ship are on display in the USS Cairo museum.

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  • In a nutshell:An interesting piece of history, well presented
  • Last visit to Vicksburg National Military Park: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Very informative. Enjoyed a very enlightening historical virtual tour of USA past civil war. SL :)

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    Thanks for the walk through. We will be heading through next week.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Hi, Jim! It's a great place full of history! Thanks for your page!


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