After our time at Red Bay, AL we drove to Vicksburg, MS. I knew that Vicksburg was one of the major battles of the Civil War, but beyond that, I really didn't know much about it until we went there.
I found this short synopsis and photograph:
We found the Vicksburg National Park on the edge of town and went by. We took in the usual video in the Visitor's Center and the adjacent displays to get and a feel for the major story lines of the area.
Vicksburg reminded me a little bit of Gettysburg National Park because of all the monuments and the driving tour. But this area is much more hilly. When trying to image what it was like a 150 years ago, I realize the landscape is so different than it was. Some of the older pictures of that time show a mountain side ravaged by bombardment. The heavy forests were obliterated by weeks and weeks during the siege of 1863. The beautiful drive and meadows and buildings are far different than the horrors combatants experienced then.
Vicksburg was the last major battle of the Civil War concluding one day after the Battle of Gettysburg. Union Major General (two-star) Ulysses S. Grant's forces faced those of Confederate Lieutenant General (three-star) John C. Pemberton.
Grant had 35,000 men while Pemberton had a little more than half - 18,500. After a number of failed attempts on the city, Union forces bombarded the Vicksburg from the River and surrounded the city, finally settling in for a siege. They dug in the hill sides which lasted for weeks.
Finally after 47 days, Pemberton and Grant met and agreed on terms of surrender on July 4, 1863.
We took a driving tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park.
The large number of monuments, plaques, markers and tablets make Vicksburg one of the most 'monumented' parks in the world. It was a nice day to take a leisurely tour through it to learn more of America's history.
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