America the Beautiful Vicksburg Quarter Release - August 30, 2011
On August 30, 2011, the U.S. Mint released the ninth coin in its America the Beautiful Quarters Program at Vicksburg National Military Park. The program, developed as a multi-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories, will issue five new quarters every year from 2010 through 2020, with one final coin released in 2021. The program follows the very successful States and Territories Quarters Program which saw more than 147 million consumers collecting the coins. Quarters in the program will be released sequentially in the order in which the featured site was first established.
The ceremony to release the new quarter to the public was held under the bow of the historic U.S.S. Cairo gunboat and attended by more than 2,500, including 2,000 students from the local Vicksburg-Warren County school district.
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.