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Vicksburg National Military Park Mississippi

Images of Vicksburg National Military Park Western Mississippi, taken in October 2022.

Vicksburg National Military Park tells the story of one of the major campaigns of the Civil War. Along with the Battle of Gettysburg, which was raging at the same time as this battle, the two major Union victories were considered a turning point of the Civil War.

Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River both the Union and Confederate forces knew the importance of control of the town of Vicksburg. For the south it was a major supply route and if the north were to take control of this bend in the Mississippi River it would cut off and divide the southern states. Starting on May 1, 1863, Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant attacked the Confederate stronghold at Vicksburg, led by General John C. Pemberton, until their surrender on July 4. The victory effectively split the Confederacy and cut off the states of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana from the rest of the south.
Vicksburg National Military Park Memorial Arch in Vicksburg NMP
Vicksburg National Military Park Memorial Arch in Vicksburg NMP
Minnesota Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Minnesota Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Cannon in the tall grass of the battlefield in Vicksburg NMP
Cannon in the tall grass of the battlefield in Vicksburg NMP
Wisconsin Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Wisconsin Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Example of a wooden fortress in Vicksburg NMP
Example of a wooden fortress in Vicksburg NMP
Illinois Monument as seen from across the battlefield in Vicksburg NMP
Illinois Monument as seen from across the battlefield in Vicksburg NMP
Cannon on the battlefield in Vicksburg NMP
Cannon on the battlefield in Vicksburg NMP
The Shirley House, the only surviving wartime structure, in Vicksburg NMP
The Shirley House, the only surviving wartime structure, in Vicksburg NMP
View of the Illinois Monument with cannons in the foreground in Vicksburg NMP
View of the Illinois Monument with cannons in the foreground in Vicksburg NMP
Gold eagle on the Illinois Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Gold eagle on the Illinois Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Louisiana Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Louisiana Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Illinois Monument with the Louisiana Monument in the distance in Vicksburg NMP
Illinois Monument with the Louisiana Monument in the distance in Vicksburg NMP
Michigan Monument across the battlefield in Vicksburg NMP
Michigan Monument across the battlefield in Vicksburg NMP
24-pounder on Fort Hill overlooked the Mississippi in 1863 in Vicksburg NMP
24-pounder on Fort Hill overlooked the Mississippi in 1863 in Vicksburg NMP
Lines of Union (blue) and Confederate (red) forces in Vicksburg NMP
Lines of Union (blue) and Confederate (red) forces in Vicksburg NMP
Cannon in the tall grass in Vicksburg NMP
Cannon in the tall grass in Vicksburg NMP
Statue of Confederate Commanding General John C. Pemberton in Vicksburg NMP
Statue of Confederate Commanding General John C. Pemberton in Vicksburg NMP
Surrender Interview Site in Vicksburg NMP
Surrender Interview Site in Vicksburg NMP
Cannon marker at the Surrender Interview Site in Vicksburg NMP
Cannon marker at the Surrender Interview Site in Vicksburg NMP
Union cannon overlooking the Mississippi River at Navy Circle in Vicksburg NMP
Union cannon overlooking the Mississippi River at Navy Circle in Vicksburg NMP
Mississippi African American Monument in Vicksburg NMP
Mississippi African American Monument in Vicksburg NMP
View of Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg NMP
View of Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg NMP
Civil War headstones at the Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg NMP
Civil War headstones at the Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg NMP
Headstones at the Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg NMP
Headstones at the Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg NMP
Unknown soldier headstones at the Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg NMP
Unknown soldier headstones at the Vicksburg National Cemetery in Vicksburg NMP