Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Vicksburg, MS and the National Military Park

We made it into Vicksburg, MS. after a nice uneventful drive from Barksdale. We decided to stay here for two nights in order to take in the National Military Park. We are staying at the Ameristar Casino RV Park. The park is well kept and priced right, large pull thru spaces all with wifi and cable. Well worth the stop if passing through the area.

Vicksburg is located right on the Mississippi River and is rich in Civil War History.

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 a great display and museum of the USS Cario.

The Gunboat was found and resurrected from the Mississippi River and reconstructed here (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.

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