Gibraltar of the Confederacy

Gibraltar of the Confederacy (HM1ZTF)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39180 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 18.765', W 90° 54.018'

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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.

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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.
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 10:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees32.31275000, -90.90030000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 18.765', W 90° 54.018'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 18' 45.9" N, 90° 54' 1.08" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Navy Cir, Vicksburg MS 39180, US
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