Took my Grandkids and had a great time. I enjoyed the family outing and the history. The kids loved running up to the plaque and seeing who got to read it first. Wonderful afternoon
I am Australian and do not know much about the American Civil War and I enjoyed learning more about it at this site. The visit starts with a documentary which is a fabulous way to give you an introduction and learn what happened. This helped me envision what happened at each site as we drove around. We took our very... More
Arrived fearing a quick drive round some fields with a few signs littering the roadside - no idea why either, but at least I am honest. Knew very little of the History, when I started the Tour, and was very pleasantly surprised. A scenic drive was punctuated by easy pull-ins, Viewing Points and Important (to the Battle itself)Strategic Sites, clearly... More
Greatly appreciate NPS maintaining the cleared areas so that you can see the topography and wonder at the courage of those who fought there. We hired a guide, and recommend that all but casual visitors do so. The film and exhibits in the visitors' center are very worthwhile, however it is so much more memorable to have an expert explain... More
We visited on a beautiful warm day after thanksgiving and enjoyed the park. Please make sure you make time to visit the visitor center first and watch the short 10 minute film on the history of the site. It will make your visit far more informative and you'll understand what you're seeing with a better perspective as you take the... More
Very moving and beautiful park with 17,000 union dead buried in its' cemetary. A NP film fills you in on what happed here. Be sure to plan some time to visit the USS Cairo iron clad exhibit. It will blow you away!
Take your time to get out of the car and see the monuments and enjoy the topography, it is unique. More importantly read up on the battle for Vicksburg to have a clear view of what happened, it will improve the experience. Its hot in the summer, best time to go is in early Spring or Fall IMO.
I read that this is the #1 attraction to see in Vicksburg......and it IS! This Military park has beautiful hills, valleys, monuments.....and you can even see where the soldiers dug trenches. My husband inquired about his great-grandfather that supposedly fought there. The ranger pulled up his name and my husband got to stand in the exact spot where his ancestor... More
Came here with my husband and 17-year old. They are history buffs and absolutely loved it. We spent 6 hours driving and walking and could have spent another day doing the same. The area is simply beautiful and the battlefield tour superbly done. Even if you don't love history don't miss this.
By no means should you miss the Park if you are anywhere near and if you are planning a vacation put it on the itinerary. I spent two and a half hours with a licensed guide and was very glad that I did. You can't come away without a profound sense of what the young men were faced with, the... More
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