Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wordless Wednesday - Vicksburg National Cemetery
If you read Mississippi Memories today, you saw a photograph of the entrance to Vicksburg National Military Park, site of the decisive Battle of Vicksburg. On July 4, 1863, the City of Vicksburg surrendered to Union troops and virtually lost control of the Mississippi River. I took the photograph posted here on an early Spring morning in 2008, when fog from the Mississippi River still partially blanketed the historic town and the park, both situated along the wooded bluffs of the river. But even the shroud of mist that covered the park that morning does not prevent one from seeing the acres of graves present in the Vicksburg National Cemetery. Of the approximately 18,000 individuals buried in the cemetery, over 12,000 graves are those of unknown soldiers who fought for both the North and the South.