This NPS battlefield park preserves the land that hosted one of the most iconic conflicts in the civil war. As with any siege battlefield interpretation can be a bit tricky as events don't exactly happen in the order of the driving tour. That said, the NPS have done a great job making the siege understandable to the everyday visitor. However, if you have a chance to read up on the conflict beforehand that would be very useful. If not, the visitors centre, the fibre-optic map and the movie is a must see as they give some context for battlefield.
The driving tour is one big loop that includes the National Cemetery and the USS Cairo museum (which is absolutely amazing!)
There is an entry fee of $10 to the site as the grounds are also used by jogging locals. The roads are quite narrow and windy so be careful when navigating them as you may find someone parked in the middle of the road around the corner as they read a sign from their car.
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