So important was the Civil War History, a national Military Park was built. The park takes up a large portion of the area surrounding the city. There is a 16 mile self guided drive through the park, with several plaques, monuments and descriptions of each unit and battle that took place.
This monument was amazing.
There is also a National Military Cemetery containing the graves of 16,000 Union Solders. As we drove thru and explored the park, it is hard to imagine fighting the battles they fought with the weapons of that era. It was very sombering to just stand and look at row upon row of headstones, we paid our repects and graditude and moved on.
The National Park Service has done a great job with this park. Should you have a chance to tour the park, give yourself a good day to do it right, it will take several hours to see it all.
We've had a good time here in Vicksburg, but it's now time to move on, next stop Meridian, MS.
We'll see you then.