Reenactors bring Civil War to July 4 weekend in Vicksburg

Published 4:01 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2022

For a few hours over the Fourth of July weekend, Vicksburg was again the home to Union and Confederate troops at the Vicksburg National Military Park and the Old Court House Museum.

Dressed in Union uniforms, park rangers described the uniforms and life of a Union soldier in Vicksburg during the Civil War and demonstrated the loading and firing of a musket while inside the visitors center, visitors examined displays of weapons and were able to build fortifications like redoubts and redans used at Vicksburg.

On Saturday, reenactors participated in an Officers’ Call, where they told stories about life during the Siege of Vicksburg and participated in drills where they went through weapons inspections, learned to stack rifles and practiced other activities.

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Organizers for the event said the program is part of a move toward 2023 and the 160th anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg.

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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