- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Vicksburg National Military Park will host a two-day commemoration of the 151th Anniversary of the surrender of Vicksburg.

Events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the military park. The program marks Confederate Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton’s surrender to Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863.

The park cannon detachment will be providing interpretive demonstrations and firing hourly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tour Stop 1 on Friday and Saturday. They will be joined by the volunteers of McGuffie’s Battery on Friday.

Curt Fields, who portrays Grant, will also be in the park on Friday at Tour Stop 1 and Saturday at both Tour Stop 1 and the Shirley House. The Shirley House will be open on Saturday and Sunday.

The Shirley House was the only military park-related building that was left standing after the Siege of Vicksburg. The home was headquarters for the 45th Illinois Infantry. Union forces also used the home as a smallpox hospital in 1864. The house is located near the Illinois Memorial.

Union forces waged a long campaign to conquer Vicksburg and gain control of the lower Mississippi River. The effort culminated in a concentrated military attack that started May 18, 1863, and a siege that started eight days later.

During the campaign for Vicksburg, Union and Confederate forces lost 19,233 soldiers.

The Union had already captured New Orleans in 1862. Once Vicksburg fell, the Union controlled the Mississippi River, and the Confederacy was split.

During the siege, some Vicksburg residents hid in caves, people starved and disease was rampant among civilians and troops. The victory at Vicksburg helped Grant rise to become commander of all Union forces the following year.

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Online.

Vicksburg Military Park, http://www.nps.gov/vick

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