Last Friday I took off to our Vicksburg National Military Park for a short walk on the north loop. It looked like some work was being done near the entrance to the Memorial Arch. At one time the Memorial Arch stood astride Clay Street until 1967 when, having been declared a traffic hazard, was moved to the present site withing the park.
Park employees were cutting some dead limbs out of the trees. As I approached the area I had to wait until it was safe for me to continue my walk.
To the left is a service road and you have to stay to the right through the park.
As you can see another steep incline. You can get a great work out in the park!
The first monument you come to is the Minnesota State Memorial.
I took an up-close picture of this bronze statue of a woman at the Minnesota State Memorial who is representing the "Statue of Peace." She is holding a sword and shield from both armies who have placed their weapons in her keeping. It is a 90-foot vertical column on Union Avenue.
A great place not only to walk but to take your pets as well.
As you can see another incline to the Memorial Arch walking back out. The park is approximately 16 miles of tour roads. It includes 1,325 historic monuments and markers, 20 miles of historic trenches and earthworks, a 12.5-miles walking trail, two antebellum homes, 144 emplaced cannons, restored gunboat USS Cairo which was sunk on December 12, 1862, on the Yazoo River and recovered successfully in 1964. The park includes the Vicksburg National Cemetery which is the largest internment of Civil War dead in the nation. It is the burial place for nearly 17,000 Union solders.