Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vicksburg Guided Tours

We visited Vicksburg National Military Park last Friday and gained new insight into the battle thanks to our guide, Gary Millett. Vicksburg tours are provided through the center which has a booth in the visitor center. Gary gave us a two hour tour of the battlefield filled with annecotes and insights about the battle and its participants. As a native son of Vicksburg, he had a unique perspective of the national park and city. We complimented our battlefield tour with a driving tour of the city.

The tours are two hours long and can be arranged for individuals, families and larger groups. Guides drive or ride in the visitor's vehicle. Please make your reservation by calling 601-636-3827. The battlefield and city tours provide an excellent introduction to the various historic sites.

Gary recommends the following books:

> Warren Grabau's Ninety-Eight Days which provides considerable insight as to the decisions that had to be made by both Union and Confederate generals during the campaign. This book is required study for West Point cadets.
> Winston Groom's Vicksburg 1863 is a very concise, easy-reading account of the Vicksburg siege
> Gordon Cotton's, the last curator of Vicksburg's Old Courthouse Museum, Yankee Bullets, Rebel Rations presents the diaries of several of Vicksburg's citizens who weathered the seige. This book humanizes their experiences quite well and presents very surprising anticdotes of relations with Union and Confederate officers, slaves, and camp followers (sutlers) during the campaign.

Please click on the following links to learn more:

> Vicksburg, MS Site - Civil War Journeys
> Vicksburg National Military Park - National Park Service
> Vicksburg Guided Tours - National Park Service - ask for Gary Millett

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