One of the most visited and most impressive sites in Vicksburg is the Vicksburg National Military Park, which commemorates the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg during the Civil War.
Vicksburg was a fortress located on high ground guarding the Mississippi River. Its surrender on July 4, 1863, coupled with the fall of Port Hudson, Louisiana, divided the South, and gave the North undisputed control of the Mississippi River. The Vicksburg military park covers 1,728 acres and includes 1,330 monuments and markers, a 16-mile tour road, a restored Union gunboat, and a National Cemetery.
I created a slideshow featuring my collection of photos I've captured of the park, and, even if you're not a Civil War buff, I think you would enjoy seeing the scenic views and beautiful bronze monuments, some of which are truly works of art. Be sure and turn your volume up so you can hear the background music, which is "Call to Arms."
If you are ever in the Vicksburg area, I highly recommend that you visit the park and experience its history and beauty for yourself. It is truly a national treasure.
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Its old charms to give,
In photographs only
Can yesterdays live."
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