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About Vicksburg

The Mississippi town of Vicksburg owes its place in history to the Mississippi River. That's why it can be a surprise to today's travelers to learn that the town is no longer actually on the Mississippi River. The twists and turns caused by erosion mean that Vicksburg technically sits on the Yazoo Diversion Canal, built by the Army Corps of Engineers after the city was left without a river in 1876.

Before that, of course, it was the river that helped Vicksburg gain its prominence. The city on the bluff started as a wealthy port for Southern planters and, after the state's secession, became an important focal point for the Confederacy. President Lincoln famously declared Vicksburg "the key" to winning the Civil War, and sent Major General Ulysses S. Grant to pocket it. The resulting Siege of Vicksburg, where the Union achieved victory after 47 days of keeping supplies out of the city, is seen as a major turning point in the war.

Today, Vicksburg is a historic highlight on a Lower Mississippi River cruise; touring the battlefield by coach, private tour or even bike is a must. Beyond that, the town has a few small museums where cruise passengers can pass the time.

Riverboats dock at Vicksburg Landing, where there's a park and a series of murals commemorating the city's history. The streets are steep leading up to downtown Vicksburg; cruise lines usually run a shuttle up and down the hill.

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Heart Of The DeltaDetails

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New Orleans & Southern CharmsDetails

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7 Night
Mississippi Holiday SeasonDetails

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Leaving:New Orleans
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Dec 24, 2022
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Heart Of The DeltaDetails

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Mississippi Holiday SeasonDetails

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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

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Dec 30, 2023
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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

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Nov 4, 2023
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Roundtrip New OrleansDetails

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Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Mar 4, 2023
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Minneapolis To New Orleans (16-days)Details

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Leaving:Red Wing
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
Sep 16, 2023
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Nov 6, 2023
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Memphis To New OrleansDetails

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Nov 12, 2022
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New Orleans To MemphisDetails

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Oct 8, 2022
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More about Vicksburg

Why go to Vicksburg?

Pros:

Vicksburg played a huge part in American history during the Civil War, leaving lots for visitors to explore today

Cons:

The streets leading to downtown Vicksburg are steep, so walking may not be an option for some cruisers

Bottom Line:

With its historical sights and museums, there's plenty to see and do in this small city

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The U.S. dollar is the official currency, and ATMs can be found in the historic downtown.

Language?

English, with a serious Southern drawl!


Vicksburg Cruise Reviews
There is so much history in this city that is located on a high bluff of the Mississippi River across from Louisiana. For over 40 days the residents hid in caves while their city was bombarded during the Civil War. Read More
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Iggyauthor
They relive the horror of our Civil War there every day. This is where the war turned the tide in favor of the North. Very sobering but great history and geography lesson.Read More
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dvactor
Tour of Vicksburg batlefield was on a tour bus. We didn't get out till at the visitor center. Visitor center had displays, pictures and gave a little history of the battle. Very informative. Basically with this many Read More
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cutters60
The local guide on the Vicksburg shuttle was friendly and interesting. The trip was Vicksburg Military Park was a long uncomfortable bus ride with a speaker who clearly knew a lot, had a lot to say, and packed the nRead More
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