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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vicksburg National Military Park

Gerri and I spent the entire day touring the Vicksburg National Military Park.  Instead of writing a lot of facts, we decided to share some of our pictures as we took this drive and walk through this park.  If you would like to read about this battle, google the Battle of Vicksburg and you will find several links to this very important battle.            
Vicksburg National Military Park Welcome Center

There are several hundred monuments honoring states and battalions that fought in the battle in this park 
On the first part of our tour, we are viewing everything behind the Union lines.
Notice the terrain of the land including earthworks looking toward the confederate lines

Notice the Illinois monument in the background

The Shirley House, called the "White House" by Union soldiers.  The only surviving wartime structure  in the park.
The Illinois Monument
Former trench now used as service marker above signifies Confederate lines
Our tour now takes us behind Confederate lines.

Texas Monument
This Monument marks the place of Grant's headquarters
The USS Cairo Ironclad sank int the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg in 1862
Part of the Yazoo River
Confederate Lt. General John C. Pemberton 

President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis
Commanding General Ulysses S. Grant of the US Army
Vicksburg National Cemetery where the remains of 17,000 Union Soldiers rest on 116 acres 
Another view Vicksburg National Cemetery                            
Cedar Hill Cemetery and Soldiers Rest is where 5,000 Confederate Soldiers are buried
Confederate gravesite
This ended our stay at Vicksburg for this trip.  We have had a fantastic time, learned a lot and highly recommend this historic stop for anyone who has not been here.      
Sunset on the Mississippi River


  1. Love your wonderful photos. thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your comment...we enjoyed the tour.

  2. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Vicksburg. Though it's only an hour or so from our home, it's been years since we visited the park. We need to schedule a return. Safe travels, hope to see you guys again, someplace along the way.

    1. Thanks Jerry, it was a good visit and we enjoyed a full day at the battlefield. Would love for our paths to cross again too.

  3. Ahhh...the last time I was there was with the Gkids back in summer of '13. They really enjoyed it, spent the major part of the day. the older one was in charge of the audio tour. :)) I believe all young folks should take the tour, it may enlighten then.... What a great place and a solemn environment..thanks for sharing...Horst sends

    1. Horst, thanks for your comments. I bet your Gkids really enjoyed the battlefield. I agree, we should embrace and learn from our history. Take care....

  4. Loved that place. Your photos tell a super story! You brought back wonderful memories of our stay.

    1. Thanks for your comments...I am glad you enjoyed our photos and good memories.

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    1. Thanks, the sunset was awesome and the right end for the day.


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