"Vicksburg is the nail head that holds the South's two halves together...Vicksburg is the key"
Two statements, two Presidents, both aware of the importance of the city on the Mississippi River. President Davis knew it was vital to hold the city for the Confederacy to survive. President Lincoln wanted the key to gain control of the river and divide the South. Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates this campaign and its significance as a critical turning point of the Civil War.Read More
Vicksburg National Military Park Sesquicentennial
Vicksburg National Military Park will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Campaign & Siege of Vicksburg with special events throughout 2013.Read More
USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum
Preserved by mud and silt, the USS Cairo sat on the bottom of the Yazoo River for 102 years before being raised, restored, and placed on display.Read More
Vicksburg National Cemetery
As the nation’s largest burial site of Civil War Union soldiers and sailors, the graves total over 17,000, of which almost 13,000 are unknown.Read More
Shape Up! Junior Ranger
Follow Old Abe as he challenges Junior Rangers to shape up and explore Vicksburg National Military Park!Read More
Virtual Museum Exhibit
This exhibit highlights the struggle for control of the Mississippi, with artifacts giving a unique window into daily life of civilians and soldiers.Read More
Commanders and Troops
Patriotism during the Civil War was deep-rooted, and over 600,000 enlisted men and officers would die in pursuit of their convictions.Read More
Vicksburg National Military Park Social Media
Share park experiences on Facebook and and view park photos on Flickr.Read More
Did You Know?
There are at least three known Confederates buried in Vicksburg National Cemetery, two of whom have graves designated by Confederate headstones.