1. Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, Baldwyn
The battle that took place on these grounds in June of 1864 may have been a victory for the Confederate army but it had long lasting effects that eventually cost them the war. Head to this site and learn all about the significant battle. Start your tour at the Visitor and Interpretive Center, where you can grab an informational pamphlet on the entire site, and then explore the grounds, which include a memorial monument, informative markers, church, cemetery, and interpretive trails.
2. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Gulf Breeze, FL to Ocean Springs
This national seashore spans from Gulf Breeze, FL to Ocean Springs and features white sandy beaches, pristine water, historic forts, recreational activities, and more – which means you’ll probably want to dedicate some time to this national park. The Davis Bayou Area, which is accessible by car, includes a nature trail, campground, boat launch and fishing. The area is located just three miles from Ocean Springs at U.S. 90 and Park Road. Access West Ship Island from Jones Park, 1022 23rd Avenue, Gulfport. The other islands are only accessible by private or charter boat.
3. Grand Gulf Military Monument Park, Port Gibson
There’s no shortage of sites to see and things to do at this 400-acre park, which features forts, a cemetery, museum, campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails, an observation tower and several restored buildings. Begin your visit at the museum, where you’ll find historic photos, artifacts, Civil War memorabilia and even a Mastodon bone. Then take an auto tour of the park; must-see sites include a church that was transported from the ghost town Rodney, a historic cabin and an old submarine that was once used by moonshine runners during prohibition.
4. Natchez National Historical Park, Natchez
Natchez is full of historically-significant sites and impressive architecture – a fact that hasn’t been lost on the National Park Service, which deemed it the city with “The Richest History on the Mississippi River.” This historical park is made up of the Melrose Plantation, the William Johnson House, Fort Rosalie and an area known as the preservation district. For more information, click
5. Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez to Nashville, TN
History and natural beauty abound along the Natchez Trace. The 450-mile trail was traveled by traders, missionaries, early settlers and Indians for thousands of years. Today, visitors can drive along the famous parkway, taking part in everything from hiking and horseback riding to exploring historic sites, such as Indian Mounds and the ghost town of Rocky Springs.
6. Tupelo National Battlefield, Tupelo
From July 14 – 15, 1864, more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers battled at this very site. The extremely bloody fight and the hundreds of men, who lost their lives that day, are commemorated through the monuments and informative markers that presently fill the battlefield. And just to help get younger visitors interested, the park has Civil War trading cards available for children.
7. Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg
This military park, which has over 1,340 monuments, markers, tablets, and plaques, is one of the most densely monumented battlefields in the entire world. But that’s not all you’ll find when exploring this popular site. There is also a Visitor Center, which includes life-sized exhibits and artifacts, a museum, outdoor exhibits, and live re-enactments.
8. Shiloh National Military Park, Corinth and Shiloh, TN
Although Shiloh National Military Park is actually located in Tennessee, it includes several historic sites, including a separate unit in Corinth. The Corinth Battlefield Unit contains 14 historic sites associated with the siege, battle and occupation of the city during the Civil War. While there, you’ll definitely want to check out the Corinth Contraband Camp. At one time, 6,000 ex-slaves called the camp home. Today, you can walk through a preserved portion of the camp, which includes life-size sculptures depicting the camp’s former inhabitants.
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