National Battlefield Site
The Confederate victory at Brices Cross Roads was a significant victory for Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest, but its long term effect on the war proved costly for the Confederates. Brices Cross Roads is an excellent example of winning the battle, but losing the war.
Gulf Breeze, Florida and Ocean Springs, Mississippi , FL,MS
What is it that entices people to the sea? Poet John Masefield wrote, “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.” Millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, a boat ride, a camping spot, a tour of an old fort, or a place to fish.
Medgar and Myrlie Evers were partners in the civil rights struggle. The assassination of Medgar Evers in the carport of their home on June 12, 1963, was the first murder of a nationally significant leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, and it became a catalyst for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Myrlie Evers continued to promote issues of racial equality and social justice.
National Historical Park
Discover the history of all the peoples of Natchez, Mississippi, from European settlement, African enslavement, the American cotton economy, to the Civil Rights struggle on the lower Mississippi River.
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The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway.
National Scenic Trail
The 450-mile foot trail that became known as the Natchez Trace was the lifeline through the Old Southwest. You can experience portions of that journey the way earlier travelers did - on foot. Today there are five separate trails totaling over 60 miles and they are administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway.
National Military Park
Visit the sites of the most epic struggle in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in a bloody contest that resulted in 23,746 casualties; more casualties than in all of America's previous wars combined. Explore both the Shiloh and Corinth battlefields to discover the impact of this struggle on the soldiers and on the nation.
In July, 1864, Union forces, including men from the United States Colored Troops, marched into Tupelo, Mississippi. Disorganized Confederate soldiers fought fiercely but could not overpower the federal troops. Neither side could claim a clear victory, but Union troops had succeeded in their main goal: keeping the Confederates away from Union railroads in Tennessee.
National Military Park
To Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Vicksburg was the "nailhead that holds the South's two halves together." President Abraham Lincoln remarked "Vicksburg is the key" to victory, and could be the north's lifeline into the south. As the federals closed in on the Fortress City, they were met by a ring of forts with over 170 cannon. The resulting battle would determine the war's outcome.
By The Numbers
- 8 National Parks
- 7,031,781 Visitors to National Parks
- $243,700,000 Economic Benefit from National Park Tourism »
- $367,811,875 of Rehabilitation Projects Stimulated by Tax Incentives (since 1995) »
- $53,320,608 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- 55 Certified Local Governments »
- 36 Community Conservation & Recreation Projects (since 1987) »
- 805 Acres Transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for Local Parks and Recreation (since 1948) »
- 24,693 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 3 National Heritage Areas »
- 1 National Trails Administered by NPS »
- 1,465 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 40 National Historic Landmarks »
- 5 National Natural Landmarks »
- 356 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 1,593,941 Objects in National Park Museum Collections »
- 373 Archeological Sites in National Parks »
- 1 Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan »
- 7 Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/2019.