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.

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Park Fees & Passes

Information about admission fees, academic fee waivers, and park passes.

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The Official Park Theater Film

Watch, "Here Brothers Fought: The Siege of Vicksburg", which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg.

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History and Culture

Explore the stories and people of Vicksburg in more depth. Image credit: L. Brewer

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Park Projects

Find out about the various efforts being made to rehabilitate and preserve the park and how they may impact your visit.

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Vicksburg National Cemetery

Vicksburg National Cemetery is the final resting place to over 17,000 veterans

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Monuments and Memorials

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

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USS Cairo

A part of the Brown Water Navy, the story of the USS Cairo helps explore the vital role the US Navy played in the campaign for Vicksburg.

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Things to Do

Tour suggestions, living history, walking and biking in the park.

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Military Staff Rides

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

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Under-Told Stories Park Programming

Join us for special programs highlighting under told stories of Vicksburg.

Last updated: May 29, 2024

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