Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates the 1863 Civil War campaign and 47-day siege that resulted in the Union army capturing the city and gaining control of the Mississippi River. The park's 16-mile tour road takes visitors along both Union siege lines and Confederate defense lines, and includes 15 designated interpretive stops. The park also contains more than 1,350 monuments, statues, and busts by some of the preeminent sculptors of the 19th and 20th centuries. The U.S.S. Cairo, a Union iron-clad gunboat that was sunk in 1862 has been restored and is on display. Vicksburg National Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the nation in terms of Civil War burials. About 18,000 United States soldiers are buried here, 13,000 of whom are unknown.
Official Great River Road Interpretive Center
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. Learn more >