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Land Preservation

We are proud to partner with the Civil War Trust, the nation's largest non-profit battlefield organization, to preserve 11 acres of pristine ground along the historic Southern Railroad - the very first acres the Trust has saved of the Vicksburg battlefield.  Help us save this hallowed ground from potential development.  Read More>>

FRIENDS sponsors Experiential field trips in February

Every fourth grader in Warren County was given the chance to jump into their history book and experience the VNMP as a soldier to commemorate the Sesquicentennial.  Friends worked closely with VNMP staff and the Vicksburg Warren School District to develop and offer this unique tour. 

Students completed pre-visit work including selecting a soldier identity and electing class corporals and lieutenants.  Once they stepped off the bus for their tour, classes were taken back in time to 1863 and stepped onto the battlefield as volunteers.  After taking the oath, signing the contract, and receiving their weapon and rations, soldiers marched by regiment to different experience stations where they learned about civilian life and freedmen, documentation, cannons and artillery, and the terrain and the strategic importance of Vicksburg.  Read More >>

Vicksburg National Military Park Commemorates the Sesquicentennial of the Vicksburg Campaign

Vicksurg National Military Park will offer several events and programs to mark the Vicksburg Campaign Sesquicentennial, (150th anniversary), during 2013.  President Abraham Lincoln said "Vicksburg is the key".  Confederate President Jefferson Davis said "Vicksburg is the nail head that holds the South's two halves together".  Both presidents were aware of the strategic importance of Vicksburg on the Mississippi river in 1863.  Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates this campaign and its significance as a critical turning point of the Civil War 150 years ago.  Click here to read more, or go to the Calendar of Events.
 
Park Restoration
The Vicksburg National Military Park has begun a battlefield restoration project, which will cover about 90 acres within the Park.  Restoration will involve removal of woodland cover on sites where key military engagements in the battle occurred.  What this will mean is visitors now will be able to see and understand the battles that took place.  The cost of the project is $300,000, and funding was made possible by a generous gift by Mr. John Nau and family.  The project should be completed by late Summer, 2012.
 
United States Mint releases 2011 Mississippi "America the Beautiful" Quarter at Vicksburg National Military Park

The United States Mint and National Park Service officially released the "America the Beautiful Quarter: honoring Mississippi and Vicksburg on August 30th, 2011, at the Vicksburg National Military Park.  The Vicksburg coin, which is being distributed nationally, features the USS Cairo on its obverse, and is the ninth coin relased in this series dedicated to America's most scenic and historic places.  Vicksburg was chosen by the Mississippi Legislature to represent the state, and the image of the USS Cairo was approved by the Secretary of the Treasury.  Depiction of this historic icon on the quarter emphasizes the crucial importance of control of the Mississippi River to both the Union and the Confederate armies during the American Civil War.  The USS Cairo, a U.S. Navy ironclad river boat was sunk by Confederates in the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg, was raised in 1964, and is now on permanent display in the Park. 

The Beautiful Quarter: honoring Mississippi and Vicksburg on August 30th, 2011, at the Vicksburg National Military Park.  The Vicksburg coin, which is being distributed nationally, features the USS Cairo on its obverse, and is the ninth coin relased in this series dedicated to America's most scenic and historic places.  Vicksburg was chosen by the Mississippi Legislature to represent the state, and the image of the USS Cairo was approved by the Secretary of the Treasury.  Depiction of this historic icon on the quarter emphasizes the crucial importance of control of the Mississippi River to both the Union and the Confederate armies during the American Civil War.  The USS Cairo, a U.S. Navy ironclad river boat was sunk by Confederates in the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg, was raised in 1964, and is now on permanent display in the Park

The Cermonial release of the coin was attended by over 2,500 people.  Attendees could purchase rolls of the quarters after completion of the ceremony.