Vicksburg NMP: Other Monuments Worth Stopping For
Well, we’ve come the end of our week-long tour through Vicksburg National Military Park. If you’ve missed the earlier posts, you might want to start at the beginning.
There are many more interesting things to see in the Park, and today we’ll just take a romp through the highlights. You can see all the state monuments and read brief descriptions about them on the NPS website.
The Shirley House is the only house still on the battlefield that survived the Siege. Built in the 1830s, it's just come through a major repair and renovation job and looks great.
The Illinois Monument is of course the crown jewel of the Park. Dedicated in 1906, it was designed by Chicago architect and Vicksburg veteran William Jenney, with Jenney's partner W.B. Mundie acting as supervising architect and Vicksburg architect W.A. Stanton as local architect.
Inside the Illinois Monument
Looking up in the Illinois Monument
Part of the "restoration project" has involved cutting down the trees in front of the Illinois monument. This does give a good long view of the monument, although that wasn't the primary intent.
Dedicated in 1911, this monument was designed by W. Liance Cotrell, sculpted by Julius C. Loestler, and cast by Roman Bronze Works.
Not the most imaginative monument, the Tennessee memorial was dedicated in 1996.
The Missouri Monument was one of my favorites, after Illinois. Dedicated in 1917, it was designed by Victor Sophus Joachim Holm and cast by American Art Bronze Foundry.
The Arkansas Monument, dedicated in 1954, is distinct in its Art Modern sophistication. The sword/cross is one of the few overt Christian symbols in the Park.
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