Memorial Day Weekend Concert Information
VNMP is hosting 3 outdoor concerts at the Clay Street Visitor Center, May 24, 25, & 26. The VC parking lot will close at 5:00pm those days and NO on-site parking will be allowed. Click 'More' for detailed parking information. More »
Although surveys along the stream reaches within Vicksburg National Military Park indicated the absence of actual vascular aquatic plants, 17 different families of riparian plants were identified. These species grow in the moist buffer areas found along the waterways and wet meadows in the park, and include whorled marshpennywort (Hydrocotyle verticillata) and swamp smartweed (Polygonum hydropiperoides).
Historically, the land now comprising Vicksburg National Military Park was an area of hardwood forest and backswamps surrounded by natural levees created by the ever-changing Mississippi River. As these swamps were isolated, the vegetation changed according to sedimentation rates, canopy cover, and use by both wildlife and humans. As the area was cleared, the terrain became drier and more exposd, relegating freshwater plants to the smaller streams and springs in the ravines and lower reaches of the park.
Did You Know?
The 43d Mississippi Infantry's mascot, Douglas the Camel, remained with the regiment until Vicksburg where he was killed by Union sharpshooters. Douglas is honored with his own grave marker in Vicksburg's Cedar Hill Cemetery.