Tuesday, January 31, 2017

history lesson

Vicksburg Mississippi
National Military Park

On Sunday we drove west to Vicksburg, and had a history lesson about Yankees and Rebels, Grant and Sherman plotting to take Vicksburg before going on to Chattanooga and Atlanta. 

The park has over 1300 monuments, markers, plaques, the most impressive is the Illinois monument (pictured above), made from granite and marble from Georgia.

Several state monuments have bronze tablets listing all of the soldier's names.

African American monument

Thayer's tunnel, one of several failed attempts the Yankees used.

Northern ironclad warship USS Cairo, commissioned in January 1862, sank by the Confederates in December 1862 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Discovered in 1956 and raised from the murky waters in 1964. Now on display at the Vicksburg National Military Park.

beautiful detailed bronze monuments throughout the park, over 100 years old

A beautiful park preserving the history of our nation, we thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful driving tour, the education, the history, the elaborate monuments to the fallen. Thanks to NPS for all you do, our favorite destination wherever we travel is a National Park.

more pictures HERE

1 comment:

Gypsy Quilter said...

What a beautiful park. It looks like you had a pretty day for visiting.