After our service at the Tiffin Service Center, we hit the road and headed to Vicksburg, Mississippi for a few days, I wanted to check out the Vicksburg National Military Park. The park literally surrounds the town of Vicksburg where the North and South fought a major battle for the control of the Mississippi River. We spent a few hours touring the area, taking pictures. They had a wonderful display of a iron clad riverboat, the USS Cairo. While we all learned about the first ironclads (Monitor and Merrimack) that fought to a draw off the VA coast, we did not really cover the rapid adoption of ironclad riverboats that fought up and down the Mississippi River and played more of a role in the Civil War. Really worth the time touring it and reviewing the history.
Here are some of the photo’s we took during the driving tour and walking around the battlefield. Overall, a great place to see civil war history and seems to be a neat southern town.
There were many monuments erected by the different States involved. Even the Girls enjoyed the views:
USS Cairo Exhibit:
We also spent some time looking at the town of Vicksburg
The town itself is small, with a small shopping and dining district downtown that is nice but had a fair amount of empty storefronts for rent. There is a park along the river with some nice murals painted on a floodwall, but you can see the entire town in less than a day. There are some historic homes you can tour if you want. We are not gamblers, so we did not visit the four casino’s nearby.
Our next stop is an overnight at Walmart and then on to High View Park in Ennis, TX which is south of Dallas TX for a few nights before we work our way south through Waco, Austin and San Antonio and El Paso.