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“One of the Best National Parks we have!”

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.
Reviewed June 19, 2010

Love Civil War history? This park is one of the best I've ever visited...extremely positive example of collaboration/co-existence between national government and local citizens. We were treated to Southern refreshments inside the visitor center by the grand daughters of the Confederacy, delighted with a full artillery cannon demonstration outside, and impressed with the movie theatre inside the museum. The 10 mile drive through tour route was a must do. Can't wait to return.

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Reviewed April 23, 2010

Secure a guide to ride in your car with you. I called ahead (Vicksburg Battle Field Visitors Center) and requested Gary Millett for your personal guide. He is so good - knows so many interesting points on the history of the battlefield and also on the beautiful monuments. Tour last about two hours. You will do some walking. Be sure to visit the Visitors Center and view the film prior to your tour.

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Reviewed March 30, 2010

If you have an hour or two to look at a real life Civil War site, this is the place to see. It takes a good hour at the museum and store and then another hour driving through and looking at the reconstructed Cairo ship. Kids love it & wanted to walk along all the pathways.
It may be less interesting for non-history buffs.
I now know how many Union army divisions there were and where they were posted.
Many memorials are along the drive.

1  Thank Vlenain
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Reviewed December 13, 2009

We made a special side trip so our friends could see this NMP, but parts of the route were closed for repairs. Obviously they have to do repairs at times...and when $$$ is available. We should have checked. The park personnel were not as helpful as we would have expected. We have been here several times before and encounted enthusiastic, very helpful rangers, who made us feel they were glad to see us..I think we just hit them at a bad time?
Be sure to see the actual Ironclad Cairo which was pulled from the Yazoo River. We were glad to see they had put a better cover over it so that the birds can not roost. Make a point to go and see the National Cemetery..and also the city? cemetery where the Confederate dead are buried. Take some time and walk around both sites.
We never made it it to the V'burg VC down on the Missippi River. We got lost in the detours. We asked a tourism rep in the NMP VC about the VC and places to eat. We struck out on both. She did not listen to us..and gave us a restaurant map with print so small we could not read. She kept mentioning places that sounded too swanky. We wanted to go somewhere local..but ended up at Cracker Barrel.
But, all this being said...if you are in the area..just go. Call before making a special trip.

1  Thank georgiagull
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Reviewed October 10, 2009

Ironically, the surrender of Gettysburg and Vicksburg took place on the same day--July 4, 1863. Civil War historians have argued for years over which was the most important but they are both battlefields NOT to be missed. We bought the History Channel book/CD at home and listened and read it before we came to Vicksburg and that helped visualize what was happening. Nothing, however, prepares you for the terrain that the armies fought over and after you see the battlefield you understand why Grant finally decided to capture the city by siege. It wasn't any picnic for either side--the Yanks had problems with disease and hunger as well as the Rebs--but with the gunboats on the river the Rebs were doomed.
It will be nice if the NPS goes ahead with plans to restore the terrain to what it was during the battle--some areas of pitched battles are difficult to visualize because of the overgrowth. We didn't stop at each monument--many just mark the locations of the various battalions, etc. but they are interesting to see all lined up along the ridges.
The Cairo is worth a visit all on its own especially if you like archaeology. It comes near the end of the tour as we were running out of gas so be warned to leave some time for it or to come back another day--the cost of admission covers 7 days.
If I were there again I would spring for the live tourguide--arranged through the visitor center. We did that at Gettysburg and it brought the battlefield to life.
There are plenty of new chain motels available about a mile from the entrance and for those so inclined at least 4 casinos within a 5 minute drive.

2  Thank MaryKF
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