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Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg
(4.8/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
Complete with 1,325 monuments, restored fortifications, and 20 km (12.5 mi) of trails, Vicksburg National Military Park immerses you in the 1863 Battle of Vicksburg. The site of one of the American Civil War's most critical campaigns, Vicksburg represented a vital Confederate river port, and its siege and subsequent capture by the North on July 4, 1863, effectively cut the South in two. You'll find numerous reconstructed earthworks and trenches, along with their accompanying artillery batteries, spread out along the Mississippi River. Discover the different memorials to specific states and units throughout the area; 26 km (16 mi) of roads allow you to visit them all by car. Don't miss the restored USS Cairo, a U.S. gunboat sunk and later raised for display. For more information, stop by the visitor center to see artifacts and displays about the battle. A visit to Vicksburg National Military Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Vicksburg tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We enjoyed our drive around the Military Park. Watching the movie in the visitor centre gave me an understanding & some background of the battle that had taken place. 
  • This was by far a highlight of our trip to Mississippi. It is well laid out and you can take your time. The blue plaques indicate Union troops. Red plaques indicate confederate troops. It gives you a ...  more »
  • In depth treatment of a pivotal period in the darkest days of this nation's history. After visiting the visitor's center and watching the informative introductory video, we set out on the self guided ...  more »
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  • Truly a special place quite unlike any other national park I've ever been to. You could spend days walking and examining every monument or drive through most of it in around an hour if pressed for time. If you love cannons you might get your fill. Don't miss the USS Cairo museum by the national cemetery.
  • Beautiful park with so much history. It is a really sobering experience that most need to experience. You can walk or drive along the path, but suggest driving. Multiple places to stop during the tour.
  • WOW - What an experience. I know that most of the park is drive through - and it is mostly signs for where the battalions were camped out - but to see the clearings and how the Union took Vicksburg - Truly amazing! We love the canon placements, and old Iron Sides - so much history here and well worth the visit. Plan for extra time so that you can read each plaque and thing that they have here. The Museum is truly a wonderful experience. :) We highly recommend stopping by if you are interested in the civil war at all.
  • One of Westernmost battlefields I've been to. It seems like it is just a large as Gettysburg. While driving around we found a monument for New Hampshire. Also stumbled across Miss regiments that fought for the North and for the South. Truly and war between brothers. The cannon monuments are unique.
  • To much to list about this place. A very beautiful place and a history buff's dream. Miles and miles of artifacts from the civil war. It also takes you on the route from Confederate lines to union, with markers and signs marking the way where the battle was fought. A must see for everyone including non history folks .