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“Great Half Day Outing for Civil War Buffs”

Grand Gulf Military Park
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Owner description: Visit the forts, cemetery, observation tower and restored buildings that comprise this 400-acre park, the historic site of the shelling of Confederate forts by Union ironclad gunboats.
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Stop in on your way from Vicksburg to Natchez or spend the night camping in your tent or RV. There are several sites to see and all are worth looking at. You can easily see it all in a half day depending on how long you linger in the museum. If you're going to camp you'll need to arrive before 5 or call ahead - they lock the gates at 5. Ranger Jim is very helpful and friendly. The cost was $23 for an RV which included the museum and sites. There is an upper and lower campsite as well as areas just for tent camping. We picked up several TV stations at the lower site but not all the major networks. Ask in the museum/office and they are happy to give you a map to other attractions in the area. We also made a stop at Windsor Ruins which doesn't offer a lot, but is impressive and worth the 15-20 minute drive. (and free)

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Don't miss this interesting site if you are doing the Vicksburg Campaign trail. Enjoy the old time museum with lots of neat artifacts (Confed. flags etc) All outbuildings are authentic and don't forget to walk up the road to the cemeteries and Observation tower. Park has a nice pavilion for a picnic lunch

Thank Monica58860
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Really interesting little museum, run by very freindly, folksy and knowledgable people. History surrounded by natures beauty. There are remains of a Confederate fort here and many historical buildings and a cemetery which you could spend hours in - really interesting. There are a lot of rifle pits and earthworks still visible, be sure to do the drive through and stop at the point of interest. The grounds are really beautiful.
Down the road are the remains of a second fort and a few remnants of the old town of Grand Gulf. And be sure to take the road down to the riverside...very serene and beautiful spot. If your lucky, you will catch a river tug bringing a barge or two around the bend...as others have noted, this site is off the beaten path but well worth it. You can get through everything in a couple hours, but I recommend taking most of a day and really exlploring. Or if you are a camper, there is a really nice campground on the site.

Thank Gabriel D
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

A great little museum and interesting bit of Civil War history. A little off the beaten path, but worth the stop. Visit and go on to The Old Country Store for a great fried chicken buffet lunch.

Thank TravelingTeacher7272
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

We're Civil War buffs so there isn't much that happened from 1861 to 1865 that we don't like to see. Like Grand Gulf. It is located off highway 61 on the way from Vicksburg to Port Gibson on the road to Natchez. Grand Gulf was part of the war as Grant tried to take Vicksburg. There is a well-kept and informative museum and information center and several exhibits, like the cemetery and Fort Wade and Fort Cobun, which prevented Union gunboats from advancing to Vicksburg. The area has changed considerably and Grand Gulf isn't as big as it once was and trees block the view from the forts to the Mississippi River. But you get the general idea, how difficult it was for the gunboats to get past the big guns planted high on the bluffs overlooking the river. There is a camping area, an observation tower and a museum filled with interesting artifacts. It's just another interesting stop along the river as Grant's troops saw it.

1  Thank Taylor B
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