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.
New York Memorial
The New York State Memorial is located on Grant Avenue at milepost 4.8 of the park tour road. The 43-foot tall obelisk was constructed from Mount Airy (NC) Granite. The memorial features two bronze inscription tablets measuring 5' 7" x 2' 4" and cost $11,636.83. Plans for the memorial were prepared by A.J. Zabriskie. The New York State Memorial was formerly dedicated on Wednesday, Oct 17, 1917, on the occasion of the National Memorial Reunion and Peace Jubilee. The memorial was formally transferred to the United States by Col. Andrew D. Baird, a veteran of the 79th New York Infantry Regiment, who served as a representative of Col. Lewis R. Stegman, chairman of the New York Monuments Commission.
Did You Know?
Vicksburg National Military Park is one of the most heavily monumented parks in the world with over 1330 monuments, markers, tablets, and plaques. The beauty and artistry of its monumentation prompted one Civil War veteran to call Vicksburg National Military Park, "the art park of the world."