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“Great interpretation by the NPS”

Vicksburg National Military Park
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Vicksburg
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed March 21, 2014

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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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Amazing park, amazing history. Visitor center is great, offers a video every half hour and explains what happened there. Then you go drive through the park. Lots of places to get out and take great pictures. Lots of places detailing the events. Really amazing landscape. Unfortunately for us it was raining on us so we only did about half the park. Will go back and tour the whole thing one day.

Thank Ryan R
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

I found some reviewers' statements about the confusing monuments to be, well, confusing. Just remember this: In the early 1900s, the various veterans groups marked every knoll and gully where their units were located. Unless you have a particular interest in one of these units, just ignore the monuments and pay attention only to the clearly-marked tour stops. Before you leave the visitor center, watch both the video and the push-button battlefield display, and you'll be all set up for your visit. It won't hurt to bring along food, water and sunscreen, either. Really, Vicksburg is all about the siege and not so much the skirmishes and diversionary tactics (although serious history buffs may quibble), so take note of the battlefield topography and sight lines during your visit rather than the monuments and the blue markers loaded with military-speak, and you'll find it all fascinating.

1  Thank MsGrasslands
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

We visited Vicksburg Battlefield and Museum as part of a riverboat cruise. A tour bus drove us around and we could see everything--but from a distance--no stopping to hop out and take pictures. We did spend some time at the museum, which was informative and viewed the resurrected ironclad battleship, USS Cairo. This gave us a good overview, but what we would really like to do is come back, pack a lunch and some water and just spend the day hiking around and taking pictures.

1  Thank Eowyn1110
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Having been to Shiloh, Gettysburg and Antietam, we have always wanted to see this major battlefield. It is every much as awesome as the other "big three." We all really appreciated the battlefield and found the CD tour guide we purchased helpful.

Thank HappyDonor
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