This park is beautifully maintained…and huge!
It’s true that the subject matter isn’t everyone’s cup-of-tea, but we made it a point to visit, as the kids have been studying the Civil War, and there is a lot of history here. In a really, really, really small nutshell, President Abraham Lincoln referred to the post at Vicksburg, Mississippi as “the key,” and he believed “the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.” The post at Vicksburg surrendered in 1863, and the Federal control of the Mississippi at that point helped ensure the survival of the Union.
We visited the park on a gorgeous sunny day, and spent about 2 hours navigating our way through the park by car, stopping at a majority of the tour destinations, reading about their historical significance, and took a boat-load of photos.
Divagirl and Mr. S also worked on their Junior Ranger booklets, answering a bunch of questions as we moved throughout the park, and then turned them in at the end to earn a badge and a passport stamp.