Oct 19, 2012 - Oct 21, 2012
The reenactment of several military actions of the Vicksburg Campaign is planned with up to 5,000 participants. Plans are to commemorate portions of General Ulysses S. Grant's 1863 Vicksburg Campaign, today recognized by the US Army as "the most brilliant campaign ever fought on American soil." The event will begin Friday, Oct. 19 with educational field programs for schools. On Saturday, Oct. 20, the re-enacted battles for the general public will begin with the Battle of Raymond at 10:00 am on the actual battlefield. At 3:00 pm, the program will continue with the Battle of Champion Hill, which was the largest Civil War battle in Mississippi and was one of the most decisive of the Civil War. The final re-enactment will commemorate a portion of the ill-fated assault by Union forces on the works of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863. This event will depict the attack on the Second Texas Lunette, a crescent-shaped fortification that was located near the modern Visitors Center in the Vicksburg National Military Park. This fortification will be reconstructed on property near the Raymond battlefield. Special programs will also be held in the City of Raymond on Saturday. A Civil War band will play at the recently-restored 1857 Raymond Courthouse at noon. In addition, significant Civil War medical and other specialty displays will be on the courthouse lawn for the weekend, in commemoration of the fact that the courthouse was used as a hospital after the Raymond battle. All of these events will complement the Friends of Raymond's Annual October Pilgrimage.
Spectator Event Schedule:
Friday 1:00 -3:00 pm: Special demonstrations for participating local schools
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Courthouse: Medical and Specialty displays; band starts at noon
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Battle of Raymond on the original site on Hwy 18 south of Raymond
Saturday 11: am - 3:00 pm: The Vicksburg Campaign- lecture on campaign by well known tour guide and preservationist Brigadier General Parker Hills (Ret). Civilian and refugee demonstrations, and Sutlers open to the public.
Saturday 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Battle of Champion Hill on Hwy 18 south of Raymond.
Saturday 4:00 - 7:00 pm: Soldier camps and Sutlers open to public after battle
Saturday 7:00 - 8:30 pm: Camp dance near Sutlers for participants
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Soldier camps / Sutlers / Church service open to public
Sunday 12:00 pm: Memorial service at Raymond Confederate Cemetery
Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Assault on Vicksburg on Hwy 18 south of Raymond
For tourist information or tickets contact: Friend of Raymond Inc., Vicksburg Campaign, P.O. Box 1000, Raymond, MS 39154 or email email@example.com.