Vicksburg National Military Park begins Pemberton’s Headquarters rehab

Published 2:01 pm Monday, January 31, 2022

The Vicksburg National Military Park has begun the rehabilitation of Pemberton’s Headquarters on Crawford Street across from the Southern Cultural Heritage Center.

Work on the estimated $704,000 project, which involves the building’s roof and front porch, began Monday. The repairs are necessary to preserve the building, which is listed as a National Historic Landmark Structure. Work is expected to be completed in October 2022. A reopening date has not been set.

The headquarters was last open to the public in 2016. It has since been closed to visitors and park employees out of concern for its safety. The roof, which is 4,000 square feet of deteriorating slate, is believed to have been installed in the 1850s and is in need of repair. The front porch is falling apart and is also in need of repair.

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The National Park Service acquired Pemberton’s Headquarters in 2003 for inclusion in Vicksburg National Military Park.

Confederate General John Pemberton met in this building with his subordinate officers on July 3, 1863, and decided to surrender the city of Vicksburg to Union General Ulysses S. Grant.

Making the needed repairs to Pemberton’s Headquarters will result in improved preservation of the building.

Park officials said a new roofing system installed to modern building codes will allow for a weather-tight structure that includes a new slate roof, a stainless-steel coated metal roof, proper flashing at chimneys and walls, structural modifications throughout and preservation repairs to wooden elements.

The rehabilitation project will also document and dismantle the entire front porch’s wooden structure and masonry base down to grade, and then reconstruct the porch with salvaged material when possible.

All woodwork will be repainted to match existing colors.

To learn more details concerning the repairs including regular updates and images, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/vick/planyourvisit/pemberton-s-headquarters-rehabilitation.htm

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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