Vicksburg National Military Park

Operated by the United States National Park Service

The Connecticut Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park

monument and plaza

Photo by Kerry Sheldon
taken in 2008 at the Dedication Ceremony

Although Congress established the Vicksburg National Military Park in 1899, it wasn't until 1990 that they interpreted the campaign & siege of Vicksburg to be from April 1862 to July 1863. It is because of this 1990 legislation that Connecticut was allowed to place a monument in this beautiful park in memory of her soldier's service at the Vicksburg campaign.

Known as the Art Park of the World

The monuments at Vicksburg comprise one of the largest collections of significant commemorative military art in the United States, and, indeed, one of the most extensive collections of such art in the world. Representing the states involved, the monuments and memorials, with their varied symbolism, commemorate the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg.

NPS Mission Statement
Courtesy of Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park hosts over 1,300 memorials, signposts and monuments from 28 states. The park educates & entertains over one million visitors a year, allowing them to connect with our national history.


Visit the NPS web site

The National Park Service has a wonderful web site dedicated to this incredible park. It is packed with photos, maps, history, tours, (and pretty much anything else), pertaining to this very poignant chapter in our National history.

Learning about this lovely park will enhance your journey by adding a deeper understanding of the sacrifice

and conflict that occurred on these hallowed grounds.

One could spend hours just gazing at the incredible memorials found throughout this Military park, but taking the time to envision the events and to learn about the brave soldiers that battled on those very grounds transforms the quiet landscape into an unforgettable experience.


The Bayou Expeditions:
Grant Moves Against Vicksburg — and Fails

wartime sketch

Union soldiers at work on Grant's canal opposite Vicksburg.
From a wartime sketch.

Image and excerpt from
NPS Historical Handbook #21
by William C. Everhart

Other National Park Service links
relevant to the Grant's Canal site and the Connecticut monument...

top of page

logo for print