04.09.2011 - 04.09.2011 78 °F
Yep, stuck in Vicksburg a second day. Damn Tropical Storm Lee. After much contemplating last night and discussions with Amy coupled with the weather reports on tv this morning, we decided we had to stay or we would be driving into the storm to get to Baton Rogue. However, this was a mixed blessing as we were able to sleep in this morning and have a late breakfast. It was relaxing after being on the run for so many days.
We decided to go to the Vicksburg National Military Park today. We spent about three hours there today driving around the 16 miles that constitutes the park. That 16 miles covers 2/3 of the complete area that the battle was fought. We lucked out as the rain held out for most of the time, although it was very dark.
The Battle for Vicksburg lasted for 47 days, culminating with the defeat and surrender of the confederate army on July 4th of 1863. The battle was fought to gain control of the Confederate supply line which was the Mississippi River. If the Union Army could do that, they would split the Confederate in two. Vicksburg was nearly impenetrable as it sat atop high bluffs over the river. Abraham Lincoln believed if he could take Vicksburg it would be the key to the war. It was costly to the Union Army in terms of lives lost over 4,000. There are a total of 17,000 Union Soldiers buried here as it was turned into a National Cemetery in 1866. It is the largest Civil War Cemetery in the country. You can find much more history on the The Battle of Vicksburg here.
That was pretty much it today. The weather turned for the worse and we decided to eat an early dinner and go back to the hotel. Tomorrow we have decided to bypass Baton Rogue and head straight to New Orleans.