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Mississippi River Trip Day 12...Vicksburg, MS

storm 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.

Vicksburg National Military Park Welcome

Vicksburg National Military Park Welcome

Michigan Monument

Michigan Monument

Vicksburg Cannon Battery

Vicksburg Cannon Battery

Vicksburg Cannon 4

Vicksburg Cannon 4

Major General John A. Logan

Major General John A. Logan

Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Amy and Mia on steps of Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Amy and Mia on steps of Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Roof of Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Roof of Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Floor of Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Floor of Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Illinois Seal inside the Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Illinois Seal inside the Illinois Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Inside of Illinois Monument

Inside of Illinois Monument

Wisconsin Monument

Wisconsin Monument

Part of Wisconsin Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Part of Wisconsin Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Part of Wisconsin Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Part of Wisconsin Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg Battlefield Cannon

Vicksburg Battlefield Cannon

Vicksburg Cannon

Vicksburg Cannon

Vicksburg Battlefield 2

Vicksburg Battlefield 2

Vicksburg Battlefield 1

Vicksburg Battlefield 1

Rhode Island Regiment Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Rhode Island Regiment Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Massachusetts War Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Massachusetts War Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

NH Regiment War Moment at Vicksburg National Military Park

NH Regiment War Moment at Vicksburg National Military Park

Major General Ulysses S Grant

Major General Ulysses S Grant

African American Commemoration Plaque for Mississippi 1st and 34th Infantry

African American Commemoration Plaque for Mississippi 1st and 34th Infantry

Thos Selfridge Lieutenant Commander US Navy 1863

Thos Selfridge Lieutenant Commander US Navy 1863

Mia with Vicksburg Cannon

Mia with Vicksburg Cannon

Amy and Mia with Vicksburg Cannon

Amy and Mia with Vicksburg Cannon

USS Cairo 2

USS Cairo 2

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USS Cairo Cannon

USS Cairo Cannon

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USS Cairo

USS Cairo

17,000 Union Graves at Vicksburg National Military Park 2

17,000 Union Graves at Vicksburg National Military Park 2

17,000 Union Graves at Vicksburg National Military Park

17,000 Union Graves at Vicksburg National Military Park

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Military Park 5

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Military Park 5

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Military Park 4

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Military Park 4

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Park 3

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Park 3

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Military Park 2

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Military Park 2

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Military Park

Mississippi River at Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri War Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri War Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman Statue

Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman Statue

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Texas War Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Texas War Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Alabama War Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

Alabama War Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

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Posted by mrcatphish 20:26 Archived in USA

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