Vicksburg National Military Park
Operated by the United States National Park Service
The Connecticut Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park
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.
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
Other National Park Service links
relevant to the Grant's Canal site and the Connecticut monument...
- Vicksburg National Military Park, by WC Everhart, 1954 - NPS's Historical Handbook Series #21
- Grant's Canal - web page highlighting Grant's Canal at VNMP
- rack card for Grant's Canal - NPS print material - pdf
- Connecticut State Memorial - web page highlighting the CT state memorial
- 9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers - web page highlighting 9th RCV
- Connecticut gets a fitting memorial - web page dated October 16, 2008 - dedication ceremony
- Connecticut monument dedication - web page dated October 10, 2008 - before dedication ceremony
- Silent Tribute - NPS print material - pdf
- Things to Do - web page
- State Memorials (Confederate & Union) - web page with links to all of the memorials
- Park Site Bulletins - web page with links to downloadable pfd's