The U.S. Camel Corps Visits Vicksburg National Military Park
Contact: Melissa Perez, 601-636-0583
In the summer of 1863 the brave men of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry, Company A, were part of the forces manning the earthwork fortifications surrounding the city of Vicksburg. By their side was a most peculiar sight: their faithful mascot, Douglas the camel, which gave this unit its nickname of 'Camel Regiment'. Be one of the first to witness the camel's triumphant return to Vicksburg on April 13, 2011, at Vicksburg National Military Park.
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."