Vicksburg National Military Park

Civil War Soldier's Diaries Donated To Vicksburg National Military Park

Historians who are charged with the task of understanding or explaining historical events are always on the lookout for original source documents, and it's hard to top the value of handwritten accounts from participants in the action. Vicksburg National Military Park received the gift of just such a prize last week: diaries of a Civil War soldier who served at Vicksburg.

Vicksburg National Military Park Invites You To Meet "People From The Past" During April 12 Evening Walk

Every Civil War battlefield has plenty of stories to tell, and on the evening of April 12, 2014, Vicksburg National Military Park will give visitors a chance to "meet some of the historical personalities that shaped the story of the struggle for Vicksburg." Reservations are needed for the free candlelight walk along the park tour road.

Commemoration Of Gen. Sherman's "Meridian Campaign" Planned At Vicksburg National Military Park

It was 150 years ago when Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops swept down on Meridian, Mississippi, to capture a Confederate supply center. That "Meridian Campaign" will be revisited next week at Vicksburg National Military Park.

Vicksburg National Military Park Developing "Foundation Document"

The National Park Service is preparing a foundation document to guide planning and management of Vicksburg National Military Park, and is seeking public input on the document.

Vicksburg National Military Park Coin & Stamp Set

$12.95

Vicksburg National Military Park Coin & Stamp Set

This brilliant item showcases an uncirculated 2011 National Parks Quarter along with the vintage unused postage stamp featuring Vicksburg National Military Park. The colorful insert highlights this beautiful park and includes interesting facts and other educational features. The 4 x 6 inch hard acrylic case secures and protects the coin and postage stamp. The Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter is part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program TM, and is the ninth quarter in the series. The park was established in 1899 and the quarter design proudly displays the U.S.S. Cairo that played an important roll in the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg. Actual stamp may vary based on availability.

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Vicksburg Nat'l Military Park Quarter Collection

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Vicksburg Nat'l Military Park Quarter Collection

Celebrating the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg, the 2011 quarter features the U.S.S. Cairo. Although sunk during the pivotal battle, the Cairo was eventually raised. It is pictured on the reverse of the quarter as it would have been seen while in all her battle glory. Also written along the quarter’s edge are the words VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, 2011, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Many of the nation's collectors and American history enthusiasts seek the added value of a pristine uncirculated quarter from each mint. As circulated quarters continue to be difficult to find, these collections will become a premium item. Our collections feature both a P and D minted quarter affixed to a 5"x5" trifold card packed with interesting information, fascinating history and vibrant images. These collections make the entire series fit seamlessly together creating a comprehensive and valuable treasure for families and collectors alike.

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High-Tech Meets The Past Via Animated Fly-Through Tours Of Historic Locations

There are some historic features in the National Park System we just can't walk through in person, such as the remains of the Civil War gunboat USS Cairo at Vicksburg National Military Park. Now, thanks to some high-tech wizardry, anyone can take an animated "fly-through" and explore the interior of the ship—or five other historic locations around the country.

Vicksburg National Military Park To Mark 150th Anniversary Of Sinking Of USS Cairo

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, the USS Cairo was sunk by Confederate forces on December 12. To mark that event, Vicksburg National Military Park will have a special commemoration on Saturday.

Reader Participation Day: Which Is Your Favorite Civil War Park Unit?

Which of the Civil War battlefields preserved by the National Park Service appeals to you most, and why?

Bobby Horton To Bring Civil War To Life Via Songs And Stories

Recording artist Bobby Horton will bring Civil War history to life as he performs "Songs and Stories of the Civil War" on May 8 in an event sponsored by Vicksburg National Military Park and the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation.

Vicksburg National Cemetery Releases Study Findings on Unmarked Graves

Officials at the Vicksburg National Cemetery, located on the edge of Vicksburg National Military Park, have released the results of an extensive study of a group of unmarked graves discovered in the cemetery in 2010.

Holiday Video Greetings from Your National Parks

The National Park Service is using modern technology to share holiday greetings from parks across the country. Short videos filmed in 15 parks are airing on the National Park Service's YouTube channel through the end of the month.

U.S. Camel Corps Returning To Vicksburg National Military Park

Here's something you don't see every day: Camels in a national park. But there's some historical accuracy involved in the "return" of the camel corps to Vicksburg National Military Park in April.

Ken Burns' Landmark Series "The Civil War" to be Rebroadcast in Early April

Long before Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks, the filmmaker produced another multi-program epic that features several NPS areas. THE CIVIL WAR, which first aired in 1990, remains the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. The series is being rebroadcast in early April to mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of America's Civil War.

National Park Service Looking For Kids Interested in Becoming Junior Civil War Historians

Kids who visit a handful of Civil War-era units of the National Park System will be able to earn a special Junior Ranger patch, one that recognizes them as Junior Civil War Historians.

Civil War-Related National Parks Schedule Commemorative Events for Civil War 150th Anniversary

During 2011-2015, the Civil War will be commemorated with special events in dozens of Civil War-related national parks. This month's schedule includes highlighted events in four parks in four different states.

Gettysburg, Glacier, Vicksburg Among National Park Units To be Honored With Quarters

For 25 cents you'll soon be able to put Glacier National Park in your pocket. Or Olympic National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, or Chickasaw National Recreation Area, for that matter.

New Virtual Exhibit on Siege of Vicksburg is a Treat for History Buffs and Teachers

Painting of siege of Vicksburg.
Abraham Lincoln said, "Vicksburg is the key. The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket." A new virtual exhibit on the siege of Vicksburg is now available on-line for the enjoyment of history buffs, and its also a useful tool for teachers.

Good News and Bad News at Vicksburg National Military Park

At Vicksburg National Military Park, a Centennial Challenge project has replaced many of the monuments that honor the brave men who fought there. Unfortunately, inadequate funding and staffing continue to hamper the park’s ability to adequately care for its historic resources while telling the story of the Vicksburg Campaign, the siege of the city, and the Reconstruction period.

Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, 1863-1900, Part III

As with the southern Pennsylvania countryside surrounding the town of Gettysburg, the struggles between the United States and Confederate armies from 1861 to 1865 often brought war to beautiful places, with many battles fought in the pastoral landscapes of eastern, southern, and middle America— in rolling fields and woods, along rivers and streams, among farmsteads, and often in or near villages, towns, or cities.

National Park Quiz 11: Blue and Gray

The first major land engagement of the Civil War was fought 147 years ago this month. The ensuing four-year struggle entailed more than 2,000 battles or skirmishes and cost more than 600,000 American lives. This quiz tests your knowledge of Civil War national parks and the battles they commemorate. Answers are at the end. No peeking.
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