"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 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.

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.

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.

children dressed in Civil War Uniforms

2017 Summer Junior Ranger Camps

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

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

Summer Living History Events 2017

Summer Living History Programs.

Last updated: July 24, 2017

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Mailing Address:

3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183


(601) 636-0583

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