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

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

47 days of Siege and Hardship

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

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.

children dressed in Civil War Uniforms

Summer Junior Ranger Camps

Sign up for Junior Ranger Camp! 3 weeks of fun activities for children to learn and explore Vicksburg

tour guide with group

Get Your Own Battlefield Guide

Hire a Licensed Battlefield Guide to gain a full understanding of the siege of Vicksburg

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

Living History Events

Living History Historians bring the story of Vicksburg to life.

Last updated: March 8, 2018

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