• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

61st Illinois Infantry

Unit position marker

Unit position marker

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Monument is located on Union Avenue approximately .9 miles west of Thayer's Approach (Park Tour Stop #6). This unit was attached to Col. Adolph Engelmann's Brigade of Brig. Gen. Nathan Kimball's Provisional Division, Maj. Gen. Cadwallader C. Washburn's XVI Army Corps (Detachment) on Maj. Gen'l William T. Sherman's exterior line and was commanded by Maj. Simon P. Ohr.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."