The Nation was divided, but both sides agreed: Vicksburg was Vital to Victory

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. Read More

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Here Brothers Fought is the compelling story of the Siege of Vicksburg - a decisive event in the Civil War, splitting the South in two. This is the National Park Service theater presentation at Vicksburg National Military Park. The Park commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg. The film runs twenty minutes and twenty six seconds long.

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Park Fees & Passes

Click here for all information about admission fees, academic fee waivers, and park passes.

A logo image of a musket and bayonet describing that both together are six feet in length.

Covid-19 Park Conditions

An explanation of how Vicksburg National Military Park is operating under the Covid-19 pandemic.

Historic 1862 photo of the USS CAIRO

USS Cairo & Museum

The only remaining example of a City Class ironclad, the USS CAIRO museum offers a glimpse into the Brown Water Navy and life on board.

Illinois Memorial at night

Monuments and Memorials

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

A park ranger dressed as a Union soldier teaching school children how to hold wooden muskets.

Academic Fee Waiver Information

Teachers, military groups and educational institutions looking for information on qualifying for an academic fee waiver to enter the park.

Park rangers and volunteers fire a 12 pound Napoleon cannon during a living history demonstration.

Living History Events

Living History brings the story of Vicksburg to life.

A park ranger discussing the military operations during the Vicksburg Campaign to seven soldiers.

Military Staff Rides

Military groups looking to participate in an educational staff ride with a park ranger or licensed battlefield guide.

A woman and dog sitting on the stairs leading up inside the Illinois monument's rotunda.

B.A.R.K. Ranger

Bring your dog(s) to the park and learn how responsible recreation can earn your canine friends a B.A.R.K. ranger badge!

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Ways to Tour the Park

There are several ways to experience history and nature at Vicksburg

Last updated: November 13, 2021

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