Map #3 - Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi
May 23 to July 4, 1863
Web Author's Notes:
This beautiful 1925 drawing gives a birds-eye view of Vicksburg, showing the city some time after the war and after the battlefield had been made into a national military park. Though somewhat difficult to see, the reddish lines show the Confederate trenches and the black lines show the Union trenches. The white roads were constructed as part of the military park, providing access to the various entrenchments and locations of the troops during the siege.
It is interesting to note that this drawing shows the drastic change to the route of the Mississippi River which cut through Desoto Point in 1876 and left Vicksburg without a riverfront. From 1878 to 1902 the U. S. Corps of Engineers took on a project to reroute the Yazoo River from its entry into the Mississippi River several miles up river to the old bed of the Mississippi River, restoring Vicksburg's vibrant riverfront and returning it to
port city status.