Vicksburg National Military Park Presents Program on The Kentucky Orphan Brigade
Contact: Kerry Jones, 601-636-7395
On Saturday, July 20, 2013, Vicksburg National Military Park Ranger Kerry Jones will present a program on Kentucky's 'Orphan Brigade' from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Warren County Public Library located at 200 Veto Street, in Vicksburg. Admission is free.
The Orphan Brigade was a group of military units recruited by the South during the Civil War from the border state of Kentucky. It was the largest Confederate unit organized from the state, and its original commander was Major General John C. Breckinridge, former Vice President of the United States, and later Secretary of War of the Confederate States of America. The brigade played a role helping to create the defenses of Vicksburg in June 1862, and was later ordered to the relief of Vicksburg in May 1863. Several commanders of the unit were instrumental in the defense of Vicksburg during the Campaign and Siege, including Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman and Brig. Gen. Benjamin Hardin Helm.
This presentation is part of Vicksburg National Military Park's Sesquicentennial outreach effort, 'Along the Campaign Trail,' which includes programs conducted by a dedicated team of interpreters during a year-long effort to bring the story of the Campaign and Siege of Vicksburg to schools, libraries, museums, and civic organizations throughout the region.
About the Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg National Military Park was created in order to commemorate the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1863.
The park staff is committed to preserving and protecting the historic, cultural, and natural resources within the park in a manner that will provide interpretation, education, and enjoyment for visitors. Visitor Centers are located at 3201 Clay Street (open daily 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.) and at the Cairo Museum (open daily 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M ). The park grounds are open daily 8:00 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Admission to the Vicksburg National Military Park is $8.00 per personal vehicle, and all applicable Vicksburg and National Park Service annual passes are accepted. Information regarding entrance fees or programs can be found on the park's website at www.nps.gov/vick or calling 601-636-0583.
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.