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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Dedication of the Illinois Monument

Vicksburg National Military Park

 
 
Dedication of the Illinois Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. Dedication of the Illinois Monument Marker
Inscription. The Vicksburg National Military Park, established by Congress on February 21, 1899, commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg during the Civil War. The 1,800 acres of the park are dotted with over 1,300 monuments, making it the "art park of the world." The most impressive of the memorials is the Illinois Monument, which was dedicated on October 26, 1906 and modeled after the Roman Pantheon. On its walls are 60 bronze tablets which record the names of the 36,325 Illinois soldiers who participated in the Vicksburg campaign. The memorial was designed by William L. B. Jenney, who served as Gen. Sherman's chief engineer during the Vicksburg operations, and cost $194,423.92. The Shirley House, to the right of the monument, is the only building in the park that survived the siege. Built in the 1830s as Wexford Lodge by attorney Nicholas Gray, the house remains a part of the battlefield's landscape today. The idea for the park can be credited to Civil War veterans of the Blue and Gray Association who, in 1895, formed the Vicksburg National Military Park Association. Veterans helped to mark the park, resulting in its recognition as one of the world's most accurately marked battlefields.
Sponsored by the City of Vicksburg and The Mississippi Arts Commission
 
Erected 2005 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Location. 32° 21.062′ N, 90° 53.034′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Levee Street north of Clay Street, on the left
Dedication of the Illinois Monument mural. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. Dedication of the Illinois Monument mural.
when traveling north. Touch for map. The Vicksburg Riverfront Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levee Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crossing the Mississippi (here, next to this marker); Joseph Biedenharn and the First Bottling of Coca-Cola (here, next to this marker); Washington Street (a few steps from this marker); "New Beginnings & Lasting Legacies" (a few steps from this marker); Teddy Roosevelt Bear Hunt (a few steps from this marker); Sisters of Mercy (a few steps from this marker); Vicksburg Waterfront Circa 1907 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sultana's Last Voyage (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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