"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

Row of Cannons in front of the Illinois Memorial in light fog

47 days of War and Hardship

The Union Army laid siege to Vicksburg for 47 days, finally forcing the surrender of the Confederate Army on July 4, 1863.

Illinois Memorial

Monuments and Memorials

Over 1400 monuments and memorials dot the landscape at Vicksburg, each a work of art honoring the veterans of the siege.

Remains of the USS Cairo sit under a protective tent

USS Cairo & Museum

The USS Cairo was sunk by a torpedo in 1862, and rediscovered in the Yazoo River in 1960. Explore to discover what Navy life was like.

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Mailing Address:

3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

Phone:

(601) 636-0583

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