Cruises to Vicksburg

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About Cruising to 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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New Orleans & Southern Charms

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Grand Mississippi Voyage

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Heart Of The Delta

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America's Great River

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Mississippi River Odyssey

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The Big Easy To The Gateway City

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More about Vicksburg

Why Cruise 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
Vicksburg National Military Park was haunting. All the memorials from different states and both sides. It would be worth doing some research before you go so you can better understand the docent's commentary - so mRead More
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lyrrek
Due to weather the night before, we were late getting into Vicksburg, which shortened our tour of the military park. We had a very good guide and learned a lot. I wish I had read up on the battle/siege of Vicksburg bRead More
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MostlyLegal
A chance to see one of the most important civil war battlefields and gain an understanding to the challenges that both armies faced.Read More
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brwydave
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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