"Vicksburg is the nail head that holds the South's two halves together...Vicksburg is the key"

Two statements, two Presidents, both aware of the importance of the city on the Mississippi River. President Davis knew it was vital to hold the city for the Confederacy to survive. President Lincoln wanted the key to gain control of the river and divide the South. Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates this campaign and its significance as a critical turning point of the Civil War.

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Features

USS Cairo Museum

USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum

Preserved by mud and silt, the USS Cairo sat on the bottom of the Yazoo River for 102 years before being raised, restored, and placed on display.

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Vicksburg National Cemetery

Vicksburg National Cemetery

As the nation’s largest burial site of Civil War Union soldiers and sailors, the graves total over 17,000, of which almost 13,000 are unknown.

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Nailhead & Key Newspaper

Nailhead & Key Newspaper

Read about park history and what's happening today at Vicksburg National Military Park!

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Graveyard Road ca. 1900

Park Tour Options

Explore the many ways to learn about Vicksburg National Military Park!

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Vicksburg National Military Park Virtual Museum

Virtual Museum Exhibit

This exhibit highlights the struggle for control of the Mississippi, with artifacts giving a unique window into daily life of civilians and soldiers.

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Eight Wisconsin Infantry with Old Abe

Commanders and Troops

Patriotism during the Civil War was deep-rooted, and over 600,000 enlisted men and officers would die in pursuit of their convictions.

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Vicksburg National Military Park Social Media

Vicksburg National Military Park Social Media

Share park experiences on Facebook and and view park photos on Flickr.

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