Civil War Sites in Mississippi

History buffs of all ages can have a field day during their stay in the Magnolia State. Mississippi’s Civil War history is woven into the fabric of America, so it’s only natural that many of the battlefields and buildings left standing have been turned into historical sites that many continue to visit to this day. No matter where your journey through Mississippi takes you, buildings and museums that are central to the story of the nation are never far away.

Discover Mississippi Civil War History

Since its inception, Mississippi has been at the center of American history. No matter where you’re visiting in the state, you’re sure to be close to any number of our historical attractions. Mississippi joined the Union in 1817. A young state during the Civil War, it’s home to cities like Vicksburg and Corinth that played crucial roles in battle. To this day, the stories of war-torn Mississippi are told and retold, passed down for generations. From those stories rise monuments and preserved Mississippi Civil War sites. Here are a few historical grounds you need to visit next time you’re in the Magnolia State:

  • Vicksburg National Military Park
  • DeSoto County Confederate Monument
  • Edmondson Cemetery
  • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
  • Cedar Hill Cemetery and Soldier’s Rest
  • Corinth Contraband Camp
  • And more…

Admire Old World Architecture

Take in the historic architecture throughout Mississippi, as there are still many buildings left standing from when Mississippi first joined the Union. Every building built in the 19th century is a testament to the master craftsmanship of the original builders and architects. Here are some of the original buildings that are still standing to this day:

  • Belmont Plantation
  • Mississippi State Capitol
  • Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens
  • Montrose Museum
  • The Oaks House Museum
  • Waverly Mansion
  • Wesson House
  • And more…

In cities like Aberdeen, Columbus, Holly Springs, Natchez, and Vicksburg, many of the original homes are still standing, providing an authentic perspective on a bygone era. Today, students and travelers come from all over the world to study these areas and other historical locations.

Civil War Museums throughout the Magnolia State

Many of these historic sites have had museums attached to them or have carefully been converted into museums. Each represents a piece of Mississippi’s history, providing a window into the rich past of the Magnolia State. These are just a few of the museums you can expect to find on or near our historical grounds:

  • Museum of Mississippi History
  • Old Capitol Museum
  • Mississippi Governor’s Mansion
  • Mississippi Armed Forces Museum
  • Marshall County Historical Museum
  • Old Courthouse Museum

Many of the museums you’ll find here in Mississippi are family friendly and equipped with interactive stations that make learning about our history all the more engaging for visitors of all ages.

Find More Places To Learn About the Civil War in the Magnolia State

From the Civil War to the dawn of the Civil Rights movement, museums and historical locations are plentiful around the state.  For more information about the most interesting places to explore from Mississippi’s Civil War history, contact Visit Mississippi today.

Longwood

Natchez, MS   FEATURED

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Longwood is a historic mansion located in Natchez. It is the largest octagonal house in the United States, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark. The home was designed in the […]

The Belmont

Greenville, MS

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Belmont Plantation, Est 1857 is the last antebellum mansion along the river in the Mississippi Delta, standing at over 9,000 square feet.  The house and the grounds have undergone an extensive restoration and all rooms are available for weddings, events, tours, B&B […]

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Commemorating one of the Civil War’s pivotal campaigns, Vicksburg National Military Park is arguably Mississippi’s most renowned historical attraction. Confederate President Jefferson Davis himself referred to Vicksburg as the “nailhead that holds the South’s two halves together,” and there’s no […]

Beauvoir and the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library present a rich history of Jefferson Davis and his last home on a stunning 52 acre expanse on the Gulf Coast. The Beauvoir mansion is restored to 1889 when Davis lived in this […]

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Pemberton’s Headquarters is the residence that Confederate Lt. General John C. Pemberton occupied during the Siege of Vicksburg, led by Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant from May 23 to July 4, 1863. It was in this building that Pemberton […]

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Commonly known as City Cemetery, graves in the sprawling graveyard represent more than 150 years of history in Vicksburg. A section of Cedar Hill Cemetery established by the United Daughters of the Confederacy contains grave of 5,000 Confederate soldiers who […]

Vicksburg Campaign Trail

Vicksburg, MS

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Nationally significant sites associated with Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Campaign for and Siege of Vicksburg. Self-guided driving tour. Download the free Vicksburg Battle App on your iPhone or Android to follow the trail on your mobile device. The trail […]

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Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery embracing 116 acres inside the Vicksburg National Military Park, holding the remains of 17,000 Civil War Union Soldiers, a number unmatched by any other national cemetery. Located by the USS Cairo […]

Old Depot Museum

Vicksburg , MS

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The Siege of Vicksburg is brought to life by the 250-square foot diorama of the battlefield and the film “The Vanishing Glory”. Many exhibits feature water transportation, aircraft and more. Handicapped accessible. […]

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Mississippi’s second oldest Confederate monument was erected in 1875 after the Civil War. It is dedicated to those who died for the Confederate States. Hernando Memorial Cemetery has the largest number of Confederate graves in DeSoto County with 100 marked […]

DeSoto County Museum

Hernando, MS

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The museum provides education programs, as well as exhibits on the history of DeSoto County from past to present, showcasing artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of DeSoto County, Mississippi. Artifacts and displays begin with the arrival of Hernando DeSoto […]

Edmondson Cemetery

Southaven, MS

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Edmondson Cemetery was originally organized in 1844 as Pisgah Presbyterian Church. Land was donated by William Campbell Edmiston for a cemetery next to the church building, which was built on what is today called Stateline Road or Main St. The […]