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“Great family outing”

Vicksburg National Military Park
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Vicksburg
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Owner description: 1800 acres of now peaceful countryside, this park was once the scene of a bloody 47-day Civil War battle.
New Orleans, Louisiana
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29 reviews
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“Great family outing”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We took the driving tour of the Vicksburg Military Park, and the family really enjoyed it. It was a beautiful day with great weather, so that sure helped! The park covers a lot of acreage, so driving it helps, but we stopped a lot for the kids to explore and take pictures which they enjoyed. They liked the movie at the beginning of the tour as well which gives an overview and gave them some perspective for the tour.

Visited March 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“The finest battlefield museum anywhere”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Twenty-five kilometers of bicycle and pedestrian friendly road through the verdant rolling hillsides surrounding the town follow every contour of the Civil War trenches all marked by more than 1500 monuments which include graphic descriptions of the battles that took place there. Earthen ramparts and batteries of nineteenth-century cannons have been strategically placed to embellish the scenes but the most poignant souvenir of the appalling reality is the cemetery with almost 17000 graves of which 13000 are simply marked “Unknown” – and these are only the burials from the Union side. A stunning museum and a moving experience.

Visited April 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Get a history lesson you'll enjoy”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Take a driving tour of the park. The monuments show where the specific units were dug in and their defensive positions. Many on their "home" soil and many that were far from the comfort of their homes. The Cemetery was a somber reminder of the loss of so many young men. I personally found the USS Cairo Ironclad my highlight of the tour. Amazing that it was so large and with all of the iron on it was able to steam up the river. Raising it from the river where it was sunk over 100 years ago was quite the feat. Worth the price of admission.If you're over 62 yrs. get a National Parks Senior Pass at the gift shop. You can get into ALL National Parks...free.

Visited April 2013
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Boxborough
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“absolutely impressive!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is an outstanding battlefield and can be traversed via car while listening to a tour on a CD. You should give it at least 2 hours, but you could take all day, too. There is so much to see and read and stop and dream about how it was back then.
There are over 3000 monuments there. No two alike. Each one special in its own way.
It never ceases to amaze me how places of such sorrow and violence turn into places of such hallowed peace in succeeding generations.

Visited April 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“BRINGS THE BATTLE OF VICKSBURG TO LIFE”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

When you're visiting, be sure to stop at the Visitor's Center before touring the battlefield. Ignore the souvenirs, but you must see the 20 minute film about the battle that took place here. It's extremely well done and very informative.

Driving the 16-mile route of the battlefield and seeing the hilly terrain gives you an idea of what it must have been like fight under the horrible conditions endured by the men of both sides. The natural beauty of the surrounding is in sharp contrast the suffering of the troops and townspeople. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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