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    National Military Park Mississippi

Vicksburg, Mississippi, Memorial Archway: Payments from Balances, Vol. 39, P. 812

Excerpt from "An Act Making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal year ending June 30,1920, and for other purposes," approved July 11, 1919 (41 Stat. 104,129)

Memorial archway at Vicksburg, Mississippi: That there is hereby appropriated, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the unexpended balance of an appropriation under an Act of Congress approved September 8,1916, for the National Memorial Reunion and Peace Jubilee, held at Vicksburg, Mississippi, which unexpended balance is understood to be about $35,000, for the following purposes, to wit:


(I) The sum of $3,000 to be paid to Frederick A. Roziene, president of the National Association of Vicksburg Veterans, to reimburse him in part for his personal expenditures in bringing the subject to the attention of Congress and the country,


(II) The sum of $32,000, but not exceeding the sum which may remain of said unexpended balance after the said payment to Frederick A. Roziene is made, for the purpose of securing designs and plans for, and the construction of, a memorial archway to be erected at the intersection of Clay Street, extended, in the said city of Vicksburg, within the bounds of the Vicksburg National Military Park.


SEC. 2. That the aforesaid memorial archway shall be constructed under the supervision and approval of the Secretary of War, and the work shall be committed to a commission, to be known as the "Vicksburg Memorial Arch Commission," composed of three members who served in the Civil War and participated in the siege and defense of Vicksburg, in eighteen hundred and sixty-three. One of the members shall be the president of the National Association of Vicksburg Veterans, who served in the Federal Army; one shall be the chairman of the Vicksburg National Park Commission; and one shall be a resident of the State of Mississippi, who served in the Confederate Army, and who shall be designated by the governor of the State of Mississippi.


The duties of the commission shall be to secure appropriate designs and plans for the said archway, to select and employ the architects and sculptors for the erection of the same, and to make contracts therefor not exceeding the available amount herein appropriated. The members of the commission shall receive no compensation.


After the dedication thereof, the said structure shall become a part of the National Military Park, at Vicksburg, and be under the control of the Vicksburg National Park Commission.

Did You Know?

Thomas O. Selfridge

Thomas O. Selfridge, captain of the USS Cairo, commanded three boats which sank during the war. Each began with the letter "C"-Cumberland, Cairo, and Conestoga. The coincidence was noted after the Conestoga sank, and Selfridge was assigned to the USS Osage, which survived to the end of the war.