- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A program commemorating the 151st anniversary of the Civil War Siege of Vicksburg drew hundreds to the Vicksburg National Military Park over the weekend.

Saturday’s event included park rangers and volunteers, dressed in full Union uniform. The Vicksburg Post reports (https://bit.ly/1smg6RA ) that the event also included demonstrations of cannon firings throughout the day.

Sam Hsu is a photographer from Dallas who wanted to take his daughter to the park after their vacation in Pensacola. It was Hsu’s first time witnessing a demonstration with a live cannon firing and he praised the rangers’ demonstrations.

“That was wonderful. I’ve never seen a muzzleloader shot before,” Hsu said.

Visitors also were able to tour the Shirley House, the only pre-Civil War structure still standing in the battlefield unit of the Vicksburg Military Park.

Wayne Hembach and his wife, who have been driving their RV cross-country from New York to Colorado, decided to stop at the park for the reenactment. Hembach’s great-grandfather fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and he came to Vicksburg to see if any of his family played a hand in the siege.

“My grandparents were wounded over there in Gettysburg. I’m trying to get background on them,” Hembach said. “I don’t know if they ever made Vicksburg. They were in the Pennsylvania regiment. It’s just interesting following it back, and I’m trying to find out if they were actually here or just in Gettysburg.”

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com


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