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Vicksburg National Military Park CW150 Events

Congress established Vicksburg National Military Park in 1899 to commemorate the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg, and to preserve the history of the battles and operations conducted on the ground where they were fought. In 1990, Congress expanded the park's interpretive mandate to include the campaign and siege of Vicksburg from April 1862 to July 4, 1863, and the history of Vicksburg under Union occupation during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

From 2011 through 2015, the nation will be observing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, and beginning in the Fall of 2012, Vicksburg National Military Park will initiate its commemoration of the campaign and siege of Vicksburg, culminating in several signature events planned for April and May of 2013. These will include:

 
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Fair during the Civil War

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The Vicksburg Heritage Fair (April 5-7, 2013) is an event that recalls the tent shows that traveled the South and Midwest in the 19th century, featuring 'hot topics' of the day, along with entertainment, music, dance, craft exhibitions, and theatre. The fair will spotlight downtown attractions such as Confederate General John C. Pemberton's Headquarters on Crawford Street, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, and the Old Court House Museum. Crafts people, musicians, and dancers are being contacted to participate in the heritage fair. Part of the fair will involve a debate and discussion of Civil War topics by actors portraying significant persons involved in the war.

Heritage Fair Schedule:

Friday, April 5 -

7:00-9:00 p.m. -
Evening concert - Southern Cultural Heritage Center

Saturday, April 6 -

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. -
Workshops on music, crafts, and drama - Crawford Street

1:00-2:00 p.m. - Civil War Music Concert

4:00-5:00 p.m. -
Street Dance - Crawford Street

Sunday, April 7 -

1:00-3:00 p.m. -
Battle of the Bands Concert - Old Court House Museum lawn



April 30-May 28 -

Sesquicentennial State Memorial Days

 
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Decoration Day

Month of May & Memorial Day Weekend Siege and Commemoration (May 23-27, 2013) - Programs commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Campaign and Siege of Vicksburg will be held throughout the month of May 2013, culminating in activities held over the Memorial Day weekend. Specific programming details are highlighted below.

On Thursday evening, May 23, 2013, a program "Shadows of the Past" will be presented at the Vicksburg National Cemetery. This will be a program highlighting lives of veterans who are buried in the National Cemetery.

A series of open air concerts will take place in front of the Vicksburg National Military Park Visitor Center. The U.S. Navy Band will perform with a theme revolving around the Civil War on Friday evening, May 24, 2013. The performance on Saturday evening, May 25, 2013, will feature the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra with a guest appearance by Trace Adkins, and on Sunday evening, May 26, 2013, The Jackson Mass Community Choir will present a choral program. All of these concerts are free to the public.

Soldiers Through the Ages will be presented near the USS Cairo and Vicksburg National Cemetery. A timeline of the military will be presented through static displays and programs on Saturday, May 25, 2013 and Sunday, May 26, 2013.

On Monday, May 27, 2013, Vicksburg National Military Park will work closely with Veterans Groups and the Vicksburg community to assist with the Memorial Day parade as well as the Vicksburg National Cemetery wreath laying ceremony. The 41st US Army Band, Mississippi Army National Guard, has been contacted to participate in this event.

The US Navy played an important role in the Vicksburg Campaign. River gunboats like the USS Cairo were critical to the success of the US Navy. Special Boat Unit 22, part of the Navy's modern river forces, has been invited to establish a static display of a modern gunboat near the USS Cairo and possibly demonstrate the capabilities of their gunboat on the water.

The Iowa Memorial will be rededicated on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The State of Iowa passed legislation to fund the restoration of the Iowa Memorial for the 150th anniversary of the Vicksburg Campaign, and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will be in attendance to help rededicate the monument.

Throughout the Memorial Day weekend, programs will be offered on the Civil War highlighting Civil War engineering and siege tactics. Programs on African-Americans and the Civil War exploring the roles of freeman, U.S. Colored Troops, and enslaved peoples will also be offered. There will also be ranger-led walks and talks during the weekend highlighting significant events during the Vicksburg Campaign.

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, and Sunday, May 5, 2013, Civil War reenactors will be stationed at numerous locations along the siege lines telling stories about the soldiers who fought and died for their respective causes.

Also during the month of May, 2013, wreaths honoring the soldiers who fought and died during the Vicksburg Campaign will be placed on their respective state memorials. There were 28 Northern and Confederate states that were involved in the Vicksburg Campaign, and every day in May a wreath will be placed on a different state memorial and a proclamation will be read. Additional recognition of the casualties suffered by each state that participated in the Campaign for Vicksburg will be denoted by the placement of luminaries at each state memorial inside and outside the park over July 3-4, 2013.

Interpretive Programs:

Sunday, May 19 -

First Assault Programs:
10:00 a.m. - Confederate Perspective, Tour Stop 12, Stockade Redan
1:00 p.m. - Union Perspective/Walk, Tour Stop 5, Stockade Redan Attack

Wednesday, May 22 -

Second Assault Programs:
10:00 a.m. - The Forlorn Hope, Tour Stop 5, Stockade Redan Attack
10:00 a.m. - Second Texas Lunette Attack, Tour Stop 12, Second Texas Lunette
10:00 a.m. - Assault on the Great Redoubt, Tour Stop 11, Great Redoubt
1:00 p.m. - Assault on Railroad Redoubt, Tour Stop 13, Railroad Redoubt

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule:

Wednesday, May 22 -

7:30 a.m. - Placement of flags on graves at Vicksburg National Cemetery (volunteers needed)

Thursday, May 23 -

10:00 a.m. - U.S. Postal Service Sesquicentennial Stamp National Event - USS Cairo Museum

7:00-10:00 p.m. - Shadows of the Past historic walk through Vicksburg National Cemetery

Friday, May 24 -

7:00-8:30 p.m. -
Concert featuring the U.S. Navy Band - Park Visitor Center

Saturday, May 25 -

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. -
Soldiers Thru the Ages Display and Program featuring Special Boat Team 22 - USS
Cairo Museum and Vicksburg Harbor (tentative)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Programs held throughout the day at the following locations:

♦ Shirley House/Illinois Monument/Old Jackson Road area - Siege programs, Shirley House tours
♦ Pemberton's Headquarters (Crawford Street, downtown Vicksburg) - House tours
♦ Old Administration Building (Pemberton Avenue inside park) - U.S. Camel Corps program
♦ Living History area near Visitor Center and various locations throughout park - Living History programs

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Book Signings featuring Jeff Shaara, Dr. John Marszalek, Dr. Michael Ballard, Tim Isbell, Jeff Giambrone, and Rebecca Drake - Park Visitor Center

10:00 a.m. - Iowa State Memorial Re-dedication

7:00-8:30 p.m. - Concert and Audio Visual Program featuring the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra with guest appearance by Trace Adkins - Park Visitor Center

Sunday, May 26 -

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. -
Soldiers Thru the Ages Display and Program featuring Special Boat Team 22 - USS Cairo Museum and Vicksburg Harbor (tentative)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Programs held throughout the day at the following locations:

♦ Shirley House/Illinois Monument/Old Jackson Road area - Siege programs, Shirley House tours
♦ Pemberton's Headquarters (Crawford Street, downtown Vicksburg) - House tours
♦ Old Administration Building (Pemberton Avenue inside park) - U.S. Camel Corps program
♦ Living History area near Visitor Center and various locations through park - Living History programs

7:00-8:30 p.m. - Concert featuring the Jackson Mass Community Choir - Park Visitor Center

Monday, May 27 -

10:00 a.m. -
Vicksburg City Memorial Day Parade

11:00 a.m. - Vicksburg City Memorial Day Program - Vicksburg Civic Center

12:00 p.m. - Wreath Laying - Vicksburg National Cemetery Flag Pole


Luminary Commemoration Schedule:

Wednesday, July 3 -

6:00-10:00 p.m. -
Approximately 20,000 luminaries will be placed throughout the park and on Confederate Avenue in the City of Vicksburg at every major State Memorial in memory of the casualties suffered by each state during the Vicksburg Campaign.

 

Along the Campaign Trail is a program that includes a dedicated team of interpreters to present outreach programs for communities, schools, and other interested organizations on the history of the campaign and siege. Beginning in January, 2013, five park rangers will travel along the campaign trail visiting schools, libraries, and civic organizations to present outreach activities and interpretative programs about the Vicksburg Campaign, as well as offering presentations at battlefield sites in Raymond, Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Milliken's Bend. These rangers will also get involved with the cultural and natural resources in the campaign area.

The program plans to implement a Junior Campaign Stamp art contest for youth, and provide opportunities for visitors to learn about and document the important historical sites along the campaign trail using a specially-designed campaign 'passport' book developed to encourage people to follow Grant's route to Vicksburg and collect a passport stamp at each participating site.

 
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School Room

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Vicksburg National Military Park Youth Leadership Academy will provide an immersive experience for future leaders in both the mission and culture of the National Park Service and the 21st century relevancy of the Civil War. The academy will develop skills in a variety of disciplines related to historic preservation, natural resources management, education, and community leadership. Candidates will be young people, ages 16-20, who live or attend school in the Vicksburg-Warren County region. Students will work closely with park rangers who will mentor the students for the program.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

In 1903, Massachusetts was the first state to erect a memorial to its soldiers who served during the Vicksburg campaign on the grounds of Vicksburg National Military Park.