Vicksburg National Military Park’s first living history event of the season will be held on June 17th and 18th. Rangers and volunteers will be positioned along Graveyard Road in the military park to help interpret the direct assaults by General Grant on May 19 and 22, 1863. Volunteers and staff will be interpreting both the Union and Confederate perspective during programs at 11:00, 11:30, 1:00 and 1:30 at Graveyard Road.
With the support of the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign, the National Park Service Living History cannon crew from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will be encamped at Vicksburg Military Park for the July 4th weekend.
Live cannon firing programs will be offered at Battery de Goyler (Tour Stop 1) at 9:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 every day from July 1-4th. Simultaneously there will be living history programs representing the Confederate experience across the battlefield in the vicinity of the Louisiana Monument. Visitors who attend the programs at the Louisiana Monument will be able to experience the soundwave and percussion wave from the cannon firings. Visitors are encouraged to attend programs at both Battery deGoyler and at the Louisiana Monument to experience both sides of the siege.
At 4pm on July 3rd, a park ranger will present a short presentation at the surrender site on Pemberton Avenue, 154 years after the surrender interview between Generals Grant and Pemberton.
Living History events are also scheduled for July 22-23 and August 5-6. More information will be released as it becomes available. All events are free, but normal entrance fees apply.