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

“A Most Delightful Reunion”

 
 
"A Most Delightful Reunion" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
1. "A Most Delightful Reunion" Marker
Inscription. Imagine the open fields in front of you covered with tents 
and crowded with white-bearded men. In October 1917, 
as the United States entered World War I, this rolling 
landscape played host to thousands of Vicksburg veterans. 
Soldiers from both sides gathered in reunion for a memorial 
celebration. Funded by an appropriation of Congress, this 
National Peace Jubilee was for "survivors... who 
participated in the Battle of Vicksburg, July 1863."



...among our own old comrades and those in 
gray, who were then separated from us by forts 
and embankments, big guns, and little guns –a 
most delightful reunion...
Wisconsin Delegation to the 1917 National Peace Jubilee

Campaign for Camaraderie

Over 8,000 veterans attended the 1917 National Peace 
Jubilee. The goal of this "operation" was to foster 
friendship and recognize what united them, they were 
once again citizens of a single nation.

[Photo captions]
Middle: Old soldiers shared stories and made new friends.
Some even returned captured items.
Right: Veterans walked the battlefield to remember those
who made the ultimate sacrifice at Vicksburg.

 
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View from marker to where the 1917 reunion happened. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. View from marker to where the 1917 reunion happened.
National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 20.357′ N, 90° 51.183′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Union Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in front of the Iowa Monument. Marker is at or near this postal address: Union Avenue, 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 A, (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michael K. Fowler (about 400 feet away); Michael K. Lawler (about 400 feet away); Wisconsin Eleventh Infantry (about 600 feet away); Peter J Osterhaus (about 600 feet away); Eugene A. Carr (approx. 0.2 miles away); Illinois 99th Infantry. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Illinois 33D Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Memorial Arch at beginning of tour road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Memorial Arch at beginning of tour road.
This is the "Memorial Arch" located at the main entrance to the Vicksburg National Military Park. This arch was erected by the City of Vicksburg, commemorating the joint reunion of the Blue and the Gray held in Vicksburg in 1917
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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