“the war can never be brought to a close until the key is in our pocket.” by Abraham Lincoln
“Vicksburg is the nail head that holds the South’s two halves together…Vicksburg is the key” by President Davis
While camping at the Ameristar Casino RV Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi
Vicksburg National Military Park: Abraham Lincoln considered Vicksburg to be “the key” to winning the war. By late summer 1862, only Vicksburg, Miss., and Port Hudson, La., blocked the Unions control of the Mississippi. Vicksburg was the stronger and more important post. Basically, he who owns the supply routes wins.
In the National Military Park, we saw the Memorial Arch, a short film, Shirley House, U.SS, Cairo Museum, Vicksburg National Cemetery and more. The Military park has a 16 miles drive with a self-guided tour, cell phone tour or a paid tour.
The city of Vicksburg was under siege for 45 days. Some citizens lived in caves during the siege.
Grant crossed the Mississippi River at Bruinsburg on April 30 then moved onward to Jackson then back to Vicksburg to win the Mississippi River. I’m a former Army soldier, I’m fascinated with the strategies these talented military men used to win the war.
The Vicksburg National Military Park isn’t as peaceful and contemplative as the Little Big Horn Battlefield. Vicksburg was less crowded. I’m glad we stopped to see this National Military Park.
Next, traveling onto The Tiffin RV Factory in Red Bay, Alabama.