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Near Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Gibraltar of the Confederacy

 
 
Gibraltar of the Confederacy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
1. Gibraltar of the Confederacy Marker
Inscription. Vital supplies of food, clothing, medicine, European-made rifles and soldiers arrived here from the south and west. They were then shipped by rail to the troops fighting in the east. By early 1863, Vicksburg and Port Hudson, Louisiana, were the last remaining Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi River.

The high bluffs that you are on provided a first-rate perch for powerful Confederate cannon that kept Federal gunboats at bay. Union leaders knew they had to take this city. Control Vicksburg and they would control the Mississippi—splitting the Confederacy and crippling its supply line.

Photo captions
Bottom left: Vicksburg is the nailhead that holds
the South's two halves together.
Jefferson Davis

Top right: Vicksburg Railroad Depot
The railroad that ended at the Mississippi River bank was the
last cross-country connection not under Union control in 1863.

Overall marker photo: Mid-19th century Vicksburg was
a prosperous port on the nation's
greatest artery of commerce—the
Mississippi River.
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 18.765′ N, 90° 54.018′ 
Marker with the Old Vicksburg Bridge (right) and the I-20 bridge over the Mississippi bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
2. Marker with the Old Vicksburg Bridge (right) and the I-20 bridge over the Mississippi bridge.
W. Marker is near Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Navy Circle west of Washington Street (Business U.S. 61), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Navy Circle is a detached park of the Vicksburg National Military Park and is subject to closing by the Park Service. Marker is at or near this postal address: Navy Circle, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Battery Benton. (a few steps from this marker); Vicksburg Siege (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mississippi (about 400 feet away); Louisiana 22nd Infantry (approx. half a mile away); C.S. Marks' Company, 22D Louisiana; (approx. half a mile away); Louisiana Eighth Battalion (approx. half a mile away); "The Widow Blakely" (approx. half a mile away); Running the Gauntlet (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Also see . . .  Daily History article - "Why Was Vicksburg “The Gibraltar of the Confederacy?”. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View upriver on the Mississippi and a casino below. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
3. View upriver on the Mississippi and a casino below.
The National Park Service sign for Navy Circle, with U.S. Battery Benton to left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
4. The National Park Service sign for Navy Circle, with U.S. Battery Benton to left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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