Civil War

Mississippi was a young state when the country erupted in Civil War, but its strategic location destined it to become a crucial part of that epic conflict. Abraham Lincoln would say that “Vicksburg is the key,” for whoever controlled this vital port town controlled the nation’s major transportation artery.

Mississippi was ravaged by war, with fighting occurring in virtually every corner of the state and a swath of destruction crossing the middle. The young capital city of Jackson was called “Chimneyville,” as chimneys were virtually all that remained following Union General Sherman’s scorched earth tactics. At war’s end, the state would begin the long, difficult process of physical, psychological and economic recovery.

Today, reminders of Mississippians who fought in and lived during this tragic period can be found throughout the state. Their memories and stories are preserved in the more than 1,000 stately and solemn monuments of Vicksburg National Military Park, the pristine battlefield and gently rolling hills of Brice’s Crossroads, the Corinth Contraband Camp, the last home of Jefferson Davis at Beauvoir, the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University and countless churches and gravesites.

Cedar Hill Cemetery and Soldier’s Rest

Vicksburg, MS

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 […]

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Edmondson Cemetery

Southaven, MS

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 […]

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Vicksburg Campaign Trail

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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Grand Gulf Military Park

Port Gibson, MS

In May of 1962, the Grand Gulf Military Monument Park was officially opened, dedicated to preserving the memory of both the town and the battle in which occurred there. Located eight miles northwest of Port Gibson, Mississippi off Highway 61, […]

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Vicksburg National Cemetery

Vicksburg, MS

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 […]

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Old Depot Museum

Vicksburg , MS

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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