Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012
On Friday, June 29, 2012, Superintendent Mike Madell held a press conference on the steps of the Illinois Memorial to announce the upcoming events planned for Vicksburg National Military Park’s Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. Through implementation of the following four programs throughout 2013, the park will offer several events marking the 150th anniversary of the Vicksburg Campaign and Siege, and defining the conflict’s significance as a critical turning point of the Civil War.
Along the Campaign Trail – Five park rangers will be hired to conduct outreach programs about the Vicksburg Campaign in communities along the campaign trail at schools, libraries, and civic organizations, and will also work with staff on cultural and natural resource projects in the campaign area.
The Vicksburg Heritage Fair – Planned for April 5-7, 2013, this event will recall the tent shows that traveled the South in the 19th century and will highlight historic areas of downtown Vicksburg. Participants will include crafts people, musicians, and dancers who specialize in 19th century handicrafts and activities, and also involve a debate and discussion of Civil War topics by actors portraying significant persons involved in the war.
Youth Leadership Academy – This program will provide an immersive experience to develop skills in a variety of disciplines related to historic preservation, natural resources management, education, and community leadership. Young people, ages 16-20, who live or attend school in the Vicksburg-Warren County region, will work closely with park rangers acting as mentors for the program.
Memorial Day Weekend 2013 – Selected as the official commemoration event for the Vicksburg Campaign Sesquicentennial, events held May 23-27, 2013 will include living history demonstrations, ranger-led programs on the National Cemetery, Civil War engineering and siege tactics, African-Americans and the Civil War, exploring the roles of freedmen, U.S. Colored Troops, and enslaved peoples, open-air concerts, and participation in the City of Vicksburg Memorial Day activities.
Additionally during the month of May 2013, wreaths honoring the soldiers who fought and died during the Vicksburg Campaign will be placed on their respective memorials. There were 28 Northern and Confederate states that were involved in the Vicksburg Campaign, and every day in May will see a wreath placed on a different state memorial and a proclamation read.
For more information on the upcoming Sesquicentennial events at Vicksburg National Military Park, check the park’s website at: