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Vicksburg National Military Park      

Vicksburg National Military Park
courtesy of the National Park Service

Contact Information:
Vicksburg National Military Park
3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Size: 1,753 acres

Location: Vicksburg National Military Park is located in the northeastern portion of Vicksburg, Mississippi, with three detached units south of the city along Washington St. near the Mississippi River bridges and one unit in Madison Parish, Louisiana. Park entrance is on US 80 (Clay St.), just off I-20. 

Description: Reconstructed forts and trenches evoke memories of the 47-day siege that ended in the surrender of the city on July 4, 1863. Victory gave the North control of the Mississippi River and cut the Confederacy in two. Today, the battlefield at Vicksburg is in an excellent state of preservation. It includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of reconstructed trenches and earthworks, a 16-mile tour road, antebellum home, 144 emplaced cannons, restored Union gunboat USS Cairo, and the Vicksburg National Cemetery. 

Activities: Begin your trip at the visitor center, which offers an orientation film and exhibits on the various topics of the Civil War period. The USS Cairo Museum and Gunboat features exhibits on naval operations of the Civil War and gunboat artifacts, including cookware, medical supplies, and weaponry. 

Three external units of the park include the riverfront batteries at Navy Circle, South Fort and Louisiana Circle. A 16-mile tour road parallels Union and Confederate siege lines, with three interconnecting roadways, fifteen tour stops, wayside markers and exhibits, short trails to points of interest, a primitive 12-mile scout compass trail, and 7- and 14-mile hikes that follow the park tour road.

Operating Hours: Park is open daily except Christmas Day.

History: Established on February 21, 1899; transferred from War Department on August 10, 1933. 

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