We departed Canton the next morning, the 11th and traveled 305 miles to Vicksburg the spot of the famed Vicksburg Seige during the Civil War. We have wanted to stop here for several years to investigate and learn about this historic battlefield. This RV park, Magnolia is just far enough off the freeway to be quiet yet easy off and on. Take exit 1-B and travel south. We paid $28 for FHU 50 amp per day.
From the RV Park we traveled 4.5 miles to the NPS Visitors Center for the Vicksburg National Military Park. The visitors center was very informative. We suggest buying the 1 hour drive tour cd and the accompanying booklet with this combo we still spent 10 hours on the park touring and learning. For more info go to: www.nps.gov/vick
By late 1862, the Union had gained control of most of the Mississippi River. However, the Confederates retained control of a 250 mile section anchored by Vicksburg, Mississippi. Vicksburg is situated on high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and because of that protective feature its capture would have to take place from the land side, not the water side. Union commander Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. He faced Confederate Lt. Gen John C. Pemberton. Also, Union Maj. Gen William T. Sherman moved to the north hills of the city. The entire campaign taking well over several months with the main seige lasting 47 days! We learned the National Cemetery here contains the remains of more than 17,000 Union soldiers of which only 4,000 have been identified. There are approx. 5,000 Confederate Soldiers interred here of which 1,600 have been identified.
In 1962, the U.S.S. CAIRO was raised out of the silt from where it settled after it had been torpedoed and sunk. That happened on December 12, 1862. It was one of seven similar iron clad battle ships made for the Unions war effort along the Mississippi. That ship, is on display half way through the park tour. Scientists say, the silt didn’t let the oxygen get to the wood and so, preserving it over the 100 years the Cairo sat on the bottom of the river. Enjoy the photos of this iconic landmark battlefield.....