Vicksburg National Cemetery
Recognizing the need to address the proper burial of Civil War dead, Congress passed legislation to establish Vicksburg National Cemetery in 1866. The following year interments began at the cemetery, making it one of the oldest national cemeteries in America. More than 17,00 troops are buried in Vicksburg National Cemetery, the largest Union cemetery in teh nation. Of these burials, the identity of almost 13,000 soldiers and sailors is unknown. The cemetery also protects the final resting place of a significant number of United States Colored Troops who served in the Civil War. Features of Vicksburg National Cemetery, including its perimeter wall, tree-lined roads, entrance gates, and the terraced landscape reflect formal Victorian design intended to honor the dead. This national cemetery also contains the remains of veterans of the Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War. Vicksburg National Cemetery was closed to burials in 1961.
Last updated: April 19, 2017