May 14, 2013
Contact: Tim Kavanaugh
On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Vicksburg National Military Park will present a special Sesquicentennial ranger program on the Battle of Jackson from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at the park's Visitor Center on Clay Street.
Although not originally in his plan of battle operations, Union General Ulysses S. Grant changes plans "in the saddle" after Confederate resistance at the Battle of Raymond on May 12th convinces him that a Confederate army under General Joseph E. Johnston might be massing at Jackson, Mississippi. He turns his juggernaut of 50,000 men to the east and quickly captures Jackson - the second Confederate state capital to fall, and destroys any military assets before once again turning his army towards his ultimate objective: Vicksburg.
Ranger Nikki Anderson will be presenting the program on this often overlooked battle of the Vicksburg Campaign. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
Doors will open at 6:30pm. This event is open to the public and will be free of charge.
For further information on this or other Sesquicentennial Programs check the park website at http://www.nps.gov/vick/planyourvisit/events.htm or calling 601-636-0583.
Come learn more about Civil War history and the Vicksburg Campaign during this Sesquicentennial observance at Vicksburg National Military Park.