Vicksburg National Memorial Park

March 24, 2015

The most interesting excursion on our tour of the lower Mississippi was the Vicksburg National Memorial Park. This park commemorates the Civil War Battle of Vicksburg. While war memorials are not uncommon, the Vicksburg park is enormous, covering more than 1800 acres. The park covers most of the original battle field.


Vicksburg Memorial Arch
Vicksburg One of many battalion memorials, typically placed at the battalion's battle station
Vicksburg The Navy Memorial was fashioned after the Washington Monument. The Navy Memorial is smaller.
Vicksburg Replica of a Confederate fortification

USS Cairo

The USS Cairo was a Union ironclad gunboat that sank in 1862. There were no casualties.