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ECW Weekender: U.S.S. Cairo at Vicksburg (Virtually)

Let’s head into the Civil War’s western theater from the safety of our digital devices this weekend! Vicksburg National Military Park has created a virtual tour of the USS Cairo, completely with a close up examination of the history and … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Shiloh, Something to Consider about Vicksburg

In the wake of the Confederate loss at Shiloh, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard worried about his situation. Expecting the Federals to press their advantage, he sent pleas to Richmond for additional reinforcements. On April 10, 1862, Robert E. Lee, serving as … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Living History at Vicksburg

If you’re braving the summer heat in Mississippi to visit this siege and Union victory site, you’ll be pleased to know that this summer (2019), Vicksburg National Military Park is offering living history programs on the weekends! Here’s the scoop:

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“Independence Forever”–except in Vicksburg

To commemorate 1826’s July Fourth celebrations in Quincy, Massachusetts—which marked the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence—the organizing committee approached the town’s elder statesman, John Adams. Adams, the single most important voice of the independence movement in the Second … Continue reading

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Vicksburg or Gettysburg? LeRoy Gresham’s Words

It’s a long and continuing debate. Vicksburg or Gettysburg? Which is more important? Or are they inseparable? Certainly, Gettysburg tends to overshadow Vicksburg in public history interest. But how did people of the 1860’s view the two events? Pondering this … Continue reading

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“We will go into the city of Vicksburgh after awhile…”

Nothing quite like a letter to explain what the situation was really like for the common soldier, and here’s a good one from the Siege of Vicksburg. The spelling and punctuation is original. In Camp, Siege of Vicksburg, June 9, … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Friends of Vicksburg Raising Funds to Repair Damaged Monument

Just last month, Mississippi was ravaged by a series of severe storms, including many tornadoes. On April 13, several tornadoes touched down throughout the state, resulting in three that hit in Vicksburg’s vicinity alone. Not only did storms destroy numerous … Continue reading

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“Blowed to Freedom!”: Abraham and the Vicksburg Mine

Every February ECW does a series of posts about African Americans and the Civil War. There are many from which to choose, but I have made it my mission, as it were, to find those who are not as well … Continue reading

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“Turning Points” on C-SPAN: Atkinson on Gettysburg/Vicksburg

We received word today from our friends at C-SPAN that the first segment from our Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will air this weekend. Tune in to C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” at 6:00 p.m. on … Continue reading

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Vicksburg NMP Brings Back Black Powder

by ECW Correspondent Katherine Duffek Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see and hear cannon and musket fire in real life instead of just in the movies? Well, at Vicksburg National Military Park, visitors can go … Continue reading

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