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- A great experience and a must see. Vicksburg National Military Park is the scene of the great struggle for Vicksburg the "fortress City " on the Mississippi. The south wanted Vicksburg because it gave them control of the lower Mississippi which allowed supplies to flow from Texas and Arkansas. The north wanted it to stop that flow and to open the entire Mississippi to the Union after the fall of New Orleans and Memphis. In the park the lines of the armies are clearly marked as U S Grant laid siege to the city for 47 days before it capitulated. There are over 1325 plaques and monuments in the park. Really ya gotta see it to believe it. Momma has been to Gettysburg, I have been to New Market, Bentonville and Kennesaw Mountain, none of them compare with this tour.Written October 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- At the Vicksburg National Military Park, you will find the USS Cairo Museum. It was closed when we were there, but the outside exhibit was open. The USS Cairo was one of 7 shallow draft Ironclad Gunboats built for duty on the Mississippi The Cairo hit a mine in the Yazoo River and sank. A sister ship knocked down the chimneys of the steamer so it couldn't be found by the Confederates. In the 1960's the gunboat was located under the mud and silt of the Yazoo. The covering protected the craft and it was raised in 1964 along with a lot of civil war era artifacts.Written October 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We got up early and headed to the murals. Very well done in a very cool part of the city.
On the backside of the wall there is an opportunity to take photos of your group or automobile beneath a Vicksburg muralWritten September 12, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Old tour home in Vicksburg. Unique in that it was built onto 3 times, but the older parts were never updated. In 1797 the first section of the house was built by Andrew Glass. Later Sheriff Howard built the middle section in the empire style, and the front was built by the John Bobb family in Greek Revival. In the old section Glass was murdered by his jealous wife. In the middle section Sheriff Howards wife died in childbirth. John Bobb was murdered by Union troops after and altercation with them over his garden. The house was a Confederate hospital during the siege. McRaven House is the oldest house in Vicksburg and is also believed to be the most haunted house in Vicksburg.Written October 2, 2022
- We enjoyed our visit here; it was easily accessible and informative. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly.Written September 3, 2022
- Best lunch of trip! We drove thru Vicksburg military park and wanted Sunday brunch, it was fabulous. Salad, seafood gumbo and my husband had chicken pot pie with homemade rolls and peach cobbler dessert.
House tour not available on Sundays, looked like interesting place.Written August 24, 2022
- We toured this museum while in Vicksburg as part of an American Cruise line trip on the lower Mississippi on the ship American Jazz. It was interesting and held your attention. Lots and lots of memorabilia.Written September 12, 2022
- Five working electric train layouts and tons of models, mostly of river boats, but also Navy ships, planes, and cars. Diarama of the siege of Vicksburg helps visualize how it all took place. It looks and feels like an old train depot and you will get your moneys worth here.Written May 9, 2022
- As with any military cemetery this one is awe inspiring. 17000 union soldiers were re-interned here. Unfortunately, 13000 of them are unknown.Written October 2, 2022
- This is a good place to stop if traveling I-20. There is a scenic overlook where great pics can be made. The restrooms are clean.Written June 23, 2022
- The Attic is worth a peek if you are looking for art to fill a room.It is a small place that requires climbing a flight of stairs to view a large collection of mostly southern influenced paintings and drawings.Written March 19, 2022
- Anyone going to Vicksburg simply must visit the Old Courthouse Museum! Walk into a piece of history. I entered wearing a Union blue uniform (since I'm from Michigan) and the curators of the museum were as friendly and welcoming as can be. There are MANY rooms filled with all kinds of historic artifacts. They even have on display the fuse to the mine that sank the USS Cairo. And you can walk around all the rooms freely. One of the curators even took me outside and showed me where some men from the Illinois 45th regiment had carved their initials into the stonework. It's air conditioned inside so don't worry about the heat, and they have a wonderful section of souvenirs to remember your visit. Don't miss this place!Written August 25, 2022
- For a Civil War historian, following the Vicksburg Campaign Trail in Mississippi is similar to following Lee's Retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox in Virginia. In 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant spent months trying to find a way to seize Vicksburg and sever the Confederates' control of the Mississippi River. Attempts to bypass Confederate defenses at Grand Gulf and the Yazoo River, to the north of Vicksburg, failed miserably. He even tried to build a canal to open a better navigational route to the city. The canal flooded. Finally, Grant decided to march his army south along the west side of the Mississippi River, cross at Bruinsburg, west of Port Gibson, then proceed to Jackson, the state capitol, and approach Vicksburg from the east. So the Vicksburg Campaign Trail takes travelers from Port Gibson to Jackson to Raymond to Champion Hill to the Big Black River and finally to Vicksburg, where you can take a 16-mile tour of Vicksburg Military Park. The trail is well documented through thousands of historical monuments and markers. One of the most interesting stops in the park is at Shirley House, the only surviving wartime structure. Of all the monuments to the soldiers who participated in the 47-day siege, the Illinois monument is most impressive.Written April 13, 2021
- A very impressive and moving cemetery. As it is important to remember history, we were honored to stand on hallowed ground. Very well kept and simply beautiful. Trees and rolling landscape are a sight to see.
The entrance sits in a
“concerning” neighborhood and we passed police patrolling. Don’t let this deter your visit-the destination is well worth it.Written July 19, 2022
- Great history of bridges. A most look. Don't just drive over, go to the visitor center and take a good look at history.Written April 13, 2022
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- U.S.S. Cairo Museum
- Vicksburg National Military Park
- Vicksburg National Cemetery
- Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center
- McRaven House
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