On the Home Front in Vicksburg, Key to the Confederacy
Gain a deeper understanding of the Civil War alongside experts as you visit battlefields, learn about military strategy, and explore antebellum homes.
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Program No. 1607RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Learn the story of civilians living on the home front while generals plotted strategy and soldiers fought the battles of America’s most uncivil war. During field trips and lectures by experts, gain a keen appreciation for daily life amid the turmoil, as you ponder these people’s lives and hear their voices in antebellum mansions and key sites in the Vicksburg area and Jackson.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-quarter mile, one hour with stops, over paved and unpaved terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

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  • In Jackson, learn how “Chimneyville” was burned four times by Federal troops in the 1860s, and visit the old capitol and The Oaks, two of only a few buildings to survive the fires.
  • Discuss the Vicksburg military campaign in antebellum Cedar Grove, built in 1840 and home to original furnishings and remnants of the siege, including a Union cannon ball embedded in the wall.
  • Explore the Vicksburg National Military Park, one of the largest such parks in the nation, highlighted by a field trip to the U.S.S. Cairo, once a sunken gunboat that is now a special feature of the park.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Parker Hills
Brig. General Parker Hills has conducted scores of Military Staff Rides since 1987. His audiences have included general officers, commanders at all levels, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers. As commandant of the R.C.T.A., he led the academy to a position of national renown. He trained more than 17,000 law enforcement officers prior to his retirement from active duty, and served as the editor of a military magazine for four years. Hills holds a bachelor’s in commercial art, a master’s in educational psychology, is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, and is the author of "A Study in Warfighting: Nathan Bedford Forrest," "The Battle of Brice’s Crossroads," and "Art of Commemoration: Vicksburg National Military Park." He has also conducted civilian explorations of battlefields for non-profit organizations, and is a regular speaker for Road Scholar and other groups.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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