The Indiana State Memorial is located on the south loop of Union Avenue at milepost 14.3 of the park tour road. It features a full bronze statue of Governor Oliver Perry Morton, who served as the wartime governor of Indiana during the Civil War. The statue was erected by the State of Indiana in April 1922, and dedicated June 16, 1926. Acceptance for the Federal government was by Capt. William T. Rigby, resident commissioner of Vicksburg National Military Park. The sculptor was George T. Brewster.
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."