The park is incredible! We watched about a 20 min movie on the battle of Vicksburg..wow..the history there is something else! We took the driving tour which was about 15 miles long and it took us more than a few hours! You could spend days seeing this park. I love doing things like this, as you see so many other people there from so many other places just enjoying as we do..I'm stealing from my dear friend Irene,,,"Now this is America!" and I don't mean the fact that the Civil War was American upon American. It's the beauty of the National Park system! I can't explain the feeling it gives to see the history..
We left there knowing we had to drive to Tupelo, MS which was about 200 miles away and we wanted to take the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Well, we made it so we can proudly say we have seen the 444 miles of the parkway from Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS!!! It was beautiful, I told Ken, it's like driving through a park the whole way, and not alot of traffic.
We are at the Super 8 we stayed at last week here in Tupelo. Nice motel, and the gas station has a restaurant we had breakfast at last week...Dinner tonight!
Tomorrow we head to Don's, should be an easy drive..can't wait to see how his trees have turned.
|Inside the visitor center of Vicksburg Military Park|
|Outside the visitor center|
|The state of Illinois has an impressive memorial to the Civil War Soldiers..|
|Inside the Illinois Memorial|
|Looking up through the hole in the top of the memorial|
|Ken inside the memorial|
|The Illinois Memorial...Incredible!!|
|The best part of the park....THE SHIRLEY HOUSE!!|
Only surviving structure in the park. Headquarters for Illinois.
Members of the military built shelters around it to protect themselves
|General Ulyssess S Grant|
|The USS Cairo...It was sunk in Dec 1862 and brought back up 1964..|
|This was the ships bell..they found it and after all these years there was|
an air pocket inside..so the Yazoo river was bubbling when it
was brought up...so cool! And the bell is beautiful!
|Sailors silverware..doesn't compare to the officers silverware..|
|US Marine Corps dress cap insignia|
|The ship exhibit...incredible!|
|The paddle wheels|
|2and 1/2 inch steel plates with 12 to 25 inch wood behind|
so it wouldn't shred apart when hit with artillery!
|Side of the ship|
|13000 of 17000 Civil War soldiers are unknown. Beautiful cemetary|
|More of the unknown|
|There are some WWI, WWII and Korea veterans buried here|
They stopped burials in 1961 when they ran out of plots
|Don, thought you would like this!|
|And of course the Arkansas memorial!|