The U.S. Camel Corps Visits Vicksburg National Military Park
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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?
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.