DescriptionEntered via 1-20 exit 4B, then .2 mi. w. on Clay St./US 80, Vicksburg National Military Park adjoins Vicksburg on two sides and covers more than 1,700 acres. The military operations of the Vicksburg siege in 1863 can be visualized and understood by following a 16-mile driving tour marked by signs. Union and Confederate avenues parallel actual battle lines.
Forts, trenches and artillery positions, visible both within and outside the park boundaries, are re-created on actual sites. The original Federal siege line and the Confederate defense perimeter were destroyed shortly after the capture of Vicksburg.
More than 1,300 memorials, monuments, statues, tablets, bronze portraits and markers honor the officers and enlisted men who participated in the Vicksburg campaign.
The park drive-through gates open daily at 8 a.m. and close at 5 during Standard Time and at 7 during most of Daylight Saving Time. The park is closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
PARK TOURS are available through licensed guides who ride along in visitors' private vehicles. Reservations are recommended for the 2-hour tours. For self-guiding tours, various CDs, including the TravelBrains Vicksburg Field Guide, are available for purchase at the national park visitor center. For information phone (601) 636-0583.
ADMISSION is $12 per private vehicle, $7 for motorcycles and $5 for bicycles and pedestrians and is valid for 7 days. Licensed guide service is $40 per private vehicle. CD tours are $11.95-$29.95. An audio cell phone tour is available at (601) 262-2100. Admission may vary during special events.
Things to SeeUSS Cairo Museum
GEM DescriptionThe park's Union and Confederate avenues parallel actual battle lines, and scenes of combat activity and unit positions illustrate the siege of Vicksburg.