The Battlefield Today

■4 The arrival «/ Imperial at New Orleans, signifying that the whole length of the Mississippi now lay under Federal control and that the Confederacy was surrounded and split.

► The statue of Ulysses S. Grant in Vicksburg National Military Park.

Battlefield Grand Gulf

The US National Park Service has an extensive National Military Park, set in rolling green parkland, at the north-eastern edge of the city of \ icks-burg. The Visitors' Centre has many exhibits and an audio-visual programme about the Vicksburg cam paign and siege. Visitors who are prepared to walk a total of sixteen miles can inspect the sites of important events during the siege,Federal trenches and battery positions, Confederate earthworks and fortifications. The park also includes Vicksburg National

■4 The arrival «/ Imperial at New Orleans, signifying that the whole length of the Mississippi now lay under Federal control and that the Confederacy was surrounded and split.

► The statue of Ulysses S. Grant in Vicksburg National Military Park.

Cemetery with the graves of many of the Federal dead and also of men who were killed in the Spanish-American W ar, the two World Wars of this century and the Korean War.

Close to the cemetery is a museum displaying the US gunboat Cairo which was sunk in the River Yazoo on 12 December 1862 while attacking Confederate batteries. Said to have been the first ship ever to be sunk by an electrically detonated mine, she was salvaged in the 1960s.

At Grand Gulf there is a Military Monument Park, displaying the cannon that successfully defended the port against Admiral Porter's attack on 29 April 1863. The State Historical Museum at Jackson has many exhibits relating to the city's Civil W ar experiences.

Grand Gulf Military Park

A The Visitors' Center at I ickshurg National Military Park.

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