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.

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.

tour guide with group

Get Your Own Battlefield Guide

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

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!

runners through the arch

2020 Run Thru History

Race is Set for March 7, 2020. Come test your endurance and experience the history in a unique way.

Last updated: December 4, 2019

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3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183


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