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    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

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  • Union Avenue Road Closure - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Union Avenue will be closed to all activities (walking, biking, jogging, and vehicle tours) between the Memorial Arch and Pemberton Avenue beginning at 6:30 a.m., and remained closed until hazardous tree removal work in the area is completed.

Memorial Arch

Memorial Arch

Memorial Arch

NPS Photo

In 1917, with an appropriation of $150,000, the U.S. Congress sponsored a four-day veterans' reunion at Vicksburg National Military Park. Approximately 8000 former soldiers attended the event. At its conclusion about $35,000 of the appropriation remained unspent, and the funds were used to commemorate the historic gathering. A Memorial Arch, sculpted by Charles Lawhon using Stone Mountain (GA) granite, was dedicated in 1920. It stood astride Clay Street until 1967 when, having been declared a traffic hazard, it was moved to its present site within the park.
 
Dedication Inscription on the Back of the Memorial Arch
Dedication Inscription on the Back of the Memorial Arch
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The state of Missouri contributed 27 Union units and 15 Confederate units to the Vicksburg campaign.