One of the most well-known Civil War sites in Mississippi is located in our riverfront town of Vicksburg, which played a crucial role in one of the most pivotal campaigns during this protracted conflict. The Vicksburg National Military Park was established in 1899 and protects 1,728 acres of battlefield land encompassing the Union and Confederate trenches surrounding the city and overlooking the Mississippi River.
The Vicksburg National Military Park is also home to 141 cannons and carriages, 15 historic bridges, nine fortifications, the USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum, and other attractions that commemorate this time in history. Visitors can also pay their respects at Vicksburg National Cemetery and view over 1,400 memorial monuments. The park offers a 16-mile road tour to visit these Civil War sites in Mississippi or set out on foot on the rugged 12.5-mile Al Scheller Hiking Trail.
For those who have an affinity for history and days past, you’ll want to make our historic bed and breakfast in Vicksburg MS, your home away from home. Our Fannie Willis Johnson Home, built in 1910 in the Mission Revival style, was designed by New Orleans architects—it’s been beautifully restored and maintained with all of the original stained-glass windows and intricate woodwork still preserved. Our six elegant guest rooms are perfect for relaxing after exploring our Nation’s history. Book your lodging today!
Explore the Civil War Sites in Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park
Vicksburg, MS—also known as Key City for its role in the Civil War—is one of the most popular destinations in the state for history buffs. As a guest at our historic bed and breakfast in Vicksburg, you’ll be under ten minutes from the Vicksburg National Military Park, a significant landmark site commemorating the Civil War’s Siege of Vicksburg, and all of the fascinating sites to explore.
Here’s what to expect on a visit to one of the most notable Civil War sites in Mississippi:
- Tour the Battlefield: For a deeper understanding of the Siege of Vicksburg—one of the most notable Civil War sites in Mississippi—tour the battlefield locations at the Vicksburg National Military Park. The park features a 16-mile tour road with various stops, each marked with interpretive signs that provide historical context.
- Visit the USS Cairo Museum: This Union ironclad warship played a significant role in the Civil War. The museum showcases the remains of the recovered ship and its artifacts, offering a unique opportunity to learn about naval warfare during the Siege of Vicksburg.
- Head to the Illinois State Memorial: One of the most impressive monuments in the park, dedicated to the soldiers from Illinois who fought in the Vicksburg Campaign. Visitors can climb to the top for panoramic views of the battlefield and the Mississippi River. This is one of the Civil War sites in Mississippi you should not miss!
- Explore the Vicksburg National Cemetary: The final resting place for over 17,000 Union soldiers who perished during the Siege of Vicksburg, this is one of the more somber Civil War sites in Mississippi. A visit to the cemetery provides a solemn and reflective experience, with rows of headstones marking the sacrifices made during this pivotal period in American history.
- Head out on the Hiking Trails: The Tour Road offers up to a 16-mile pedestrian experience and allows pedestrians to create walking loops ranging from 3 miles to 16 miles. The tour road features a “walkers lane” on the left side as a dedicated lane for non-motorized transportation. The Al Scheller Hiking Trail follows a more physically demanding route—stop by the Visitor’s Information desk at the Vicksburg National Military Park before you head out on this trek.
For more information on the Civil War sites in Mississippi, head to the Visit Mississippi website.
Book the Best Bed and Breakfast in Vicksburg MS
Our bed and breakfast in Vicksburg MS is the best place to stay for those heading to Key City to explore the Civil War sites in Mississippi at the Vicksburg National Military Park. Our historic Inn sets the perfect tone for relaxing after an often intense day of discovering our Nation’s complicated history. Plus, our Inn’s architecture is a remarkable piece of Mississippi history.
We offer six elegantly designed guest rooms, all of which are spacious and appointed with all of the needed comfort amenities for a restful stay. The Rustic Suite, pictured above, is an exceptionally private option on the third floor of our bed and breakfast in Vicksburg MS. When you book this room, you’ll have an ample seating area with a comfy loveseat for movie night. There’s a king-size bed, as well as a full-size bed tucked in a nook for those traveling with more than two to your group.
Each morning, we offer light fare from our “Butler’s Pantry” for guests to grab and go as they choose. This is the perfect way to start your day at your leisure. We also have big news for this summer, as we’ve broken ground for an in-ground pool, which will be the ultimate retreat to beat the summer heat. We can’t wait to host you at our bed and breakfast in Vicksburg MS; book your room today!