Remembering the role of Vicksburg in the Civil War
In 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant led Union forces in a series of operations in western Mississippi,
culminating in the Siege of Vicksburg. The siege ended on July 4 when Confederate General Pemberton
surrendered the city to the surrounding Union forces. The capture of Vicksburg–referred to by Abraham
Lincoln as “the key” to victory in the South–is regarded as a turning point in the Civil War.
Today, 150 years later, we commemorate the important role of Vicksburg in the Civil War and in shaping
our nation’s history. Explore the Vicksburg region’s history and heritage with the Civil War 150th
anniversary events below or view our complete calendar of Civil War events and attractions.
Civil War 150th Anniversary Events
Vicksburg National Military Park Living History
Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 4, 2015
The Vicksburg National Military Park Living History Program is from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Artillery and cannon programs are twice daily at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Rifle programs and other living history programs are spread throughout the day. Admission i...
Shadows of the Past
Oct 31, 2015
The Vicksburg National Military Park presents Shadows of the Past tours at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 pm. As the autumn sun sets, those once here will return briefly to tell their stories. Step back in time for an evening candlelight walk...