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“Thought provoking”

Vicksburg National Military Park
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Vicksburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 1800 acres of now peaceful countryside, this park was once the scene of a bloody 47-day Civil War battle.
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Driving through this park and seeing the memorials, canons, and vistas is an emotionally moving experience. While the area is incredibly beautiful, one can't forget the supreme efforts and human loss that happened here.

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

We used our cell phone to take the driving tour. Put it in much better perspective than any written display.

Thank Marcia B
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

my son is a civil war freak and he was so anxious to drive through this beautiful national park. it did not disappoint

Thank Tami C
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Most places I read recommended spending 1-2 hours in the park. We spent almost 6! If you are at all interested in history or military strategy allow time for the movie, time to drive around and time to stop multiple times to soak up the history of gallantry, courage, and sacrifice.
They are making changes to balance the need for erosion control and to enhance the experience of the battlefield - so be aware that you can't always look out across fields because at one time they had to plant trees to manage the erosion.
As with every National Park Service property- the staff is wonderfully trained and helpful.

Thank Margaret D
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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Some people say you can do the park, visitor center, USS Cairo and cemetery in 2 hours- don't believe them. If you truly want to enjoy and understand this battle I suggest spending all day here. My family and I spent 6 hours here and we would have stayed for longer but the weather was chilly.

Start with the visitor center- there are some exhibits and a movie. The movie does a good job to give visitors an overview. However, it was clearly written by the North so take it with a grain of salt.

I suggest driving through the park, bring a picnic lunch and prepare to stop and get out. Some people hike it but for my family it made more sense to drive. The markers are very helpful to get an idea of how close both side were to each other. The monuments built by the states are very nice- Illinois, Texas and several others were especially impressive. Follow the road all the way around and listen to the free phone call service and/or read the pamphlet you can get from the visitor center.

I think the NPS has done an amazing job keeping the park a place for everyone to visit to learn more about the war and remember those who fought, regardless of which side.

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