The Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates the Vicksburg Campaign as well as the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg. This battle took place from May 18th to July 4th in 1863, a siege of the city that ended in a victory for the Union Army. There are reconstructed forts, trenches, and more. There are also a number of little-known facts about the Vicksburg National Military Park, and we at Blackburn CDJR have put together a list the ones we find most interesting.
According to Only In Your State, Vicksburg is one of the earliest instances of African Americans serving during the war, and so the park commemorates that sacrifice of African Americans who served in combat during the Civil War. That’s one reason the park spent over $300,000 on the Mississippi African American Monument.
Beyond that, Vicksburg is one of the most densely monumented battlefields in the entire world. That’s because the park has a whopping 1,340 monuments, including markers, tablets, plaques, and buildings, the majority of which were put up before 1917. The Navy Memorial is 202 feet tall, making it the tallest in the park.
The Vicksburg National Cemetery is second only in size to Arlington National Cemetery, and has the largest concentration of Civil War burials of any other location in the country. There’s even a grave for “Old Douglas,” a camel who served in the 43rd Mississippi regiment as part of an experimental program to find alternative modes of transport. The camel was killed during the battle, effectively ending the use of the species in battle in the US.