Touring the Vicksburg National Military Park

Catherine and I enjoyed touring the Vicksburg National Military Park.  The short story is

USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum

that Vicksburg, MS, was vital as a supply hub for the Confederacy.  The terrain surrounding Vicksburg made the city impenetrable.  Generals Grant and Sherman ordered several suicidal attacks resulting in massive Union casualties.  Grant finally settled on laying siege to Vicksburg until the city was starved into surrender.

The battleground area is full of monuments at the location where state regiments were stationed and fought at Vicksburg.  Also at the park is the USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum, featuring a Union Ironside raised from the Yazoo River, a tributary of the Mississippi near Natchez.

An Iowa Regimental Marker

The Iowa Memorial

The tour took the better part of an afternoon.  We finished the day by enjoying dinner at 10 South Rooftop Bar & Grill in down town Vicksburg.  We would rate the entire trip a “Must See”.

The Wisconsin Memorial

John Lang

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