Vicksburg National Military Park Presents Program on Connections between Port Hudson and Vicksburg
Contact: Kerry Jones, 601-636-7395
On Saturday August 10, 2013, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Vicksburg National Military Park Ranger Kerry Jones, will give a presentation at the Port Hudson State Historic Site, LA, on the significance of the battle and siege of Port Hudson and its inner connections with the Vicksburg Campaign. Admission to the State Historic Site is $4.00 for adults, while children 12 and under and seniors 62 and over are free.
In cooperation with Major General Ulysses S. Grant's offensive against Vicksburg, Maj. Gen. Banks's army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson, LA, located approximately 300 river miles from Vicksburg on the Mississippi River. On May 27, after their frontal assaults were repulsed, the Federals settled into a siege which lasted for 48 days, the longest in U.S. military history. Banks renewed his assaults on June 14, but was successfully repelled by the Confederate defenders. On July 9, 1863, after hearing of the fall of Vicksburg and realizing the futility of continuing to fight, the Confederate garrison of Port Hudson surrendered, opening the Mississippi River to Union navigation from its source to New Orleans.
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 not only to park visitors, but to schools, libraries, museums, and civic organizations throughout the region.
Additional information regarding Vicksburg National Military Park programs can be found on the park's website at www.nps.gov/vick or calling 601-636-0583.
Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."