|llinois State Memorial at Vicksburg.|
My son and I got up early on March 27, which was a Monday, and set out for Vicksburg around 5:15 a.m. We stopped briefly in Meridian for breakfast and got to the park around 10 a.m. We’d been to several of these types of Civil War sites before and knew that the best place to start such visits is at the visitors center.
It should come as no surprise that the Vicksburg National Military Park has a world class visitors center, and my son and I took the time to check out the many historical displays and artifacts that can be seen there. We also took advantage of the center’s comfortable theater, where we watched a movie about the Vicksburg siege and the battle there. Just about everything there, from the movie to the informative displays, emphasized the importance of Vicksburg during the Civil War.