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    National Military Park Mississippi

Park Newspaper

Nailhead & Key is the bi-monthly newspaper publication of Vicksburg National Military Park, with each issue featuring stories on the Campaign and Siege of Vicksburg, the USS Cairo ironclad gunboat, Vicksburg National Cemetery, and articles describing the unique cultural and natural resources located throughout the historic landscape. Upcoming events and important dates are highlighted, as well as "Meet a Ranger," an opportunity to get to know the staff at the park.

Pick up a copy of Nailhead & Key at the Visitor Center main desk, or download a PDF version here:

Vol 1, Issue 1

Vol 1, Issue 2


Vol 1, Issue 1

Did You Know?

Old Douglas Headstone, Cedar Hill Cemetery

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.