Vicksburg, Mississippi

Vicksburg, the county seat of Warren County, is located 40 miles west of Jackson and 20-30 miles northwest of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Vicksburg, Mississippi
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Vicksburg, incorporated in 1825, was named after Newitt Vick, a Methodist minister and conscientious objector of the Revolution. During the American Civil War, it was site of the Siege of Vicksburg, a significant event in which the Union gained control of the entire Mississippi River. The 47-day siege was intended to starve the city into submission, for its location atop a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River proved impregnable to assault by federal troops.

On March 12, 1894, the popular soft drink Coca-Cola was bottled for the first time in Vicksburg by Joseph Biedenharn, a local confectioner. Today, surviving nineteenth-century Biedenharn soda bottles are prized by collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia, and his candy store is the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum.

The population of Vicksburg was 23,392 in 2014.

Vicksburg, Mississippi Featured Points of Interest
  • Rocky Springs - milepost 54.8 - Restroom, Picnic Area, Hiking Trail, History/Nature Exhibit, Old Trace, Campground, Top 30 Favorite Site
  • Vicksburg National Military Park - The park commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg during the Civil War. Over 1,330 monuments, a restored Union gunboat, and National Cemetery where 17,000 Union solders are buried mark the 16-mile tour road.
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