Grand Gulf Military Park preserving the memory of the battle that occurred in Port Gibson


The Grand Gulf Military Park is located in Port Gibson, Mississippi. The park was opened in 1962 and is a large 400 acre landmark that is dedicated to preserving the memory of the town and the battle that occurred in Port Gibson. The park is listed on the National Register of Historical places and includes places Fort Cobun, Fort Wade, the Grand Gulf Cemetery, a museum, campground, picnic area, hiking trains, observation tower and building that have been resorted to the Grand Gulf's time.

At the museum visitors are able to trace the developments of Grand Gulf through photographs, maps, scale models and artifacts that have been found in the area. Coaches and carriages, Confederate uniforms and weapons all used during the fighting of the Civil War are also available for viewing. One of the major artifacts in the museum is the Mastodon bone that was found in the county. Outside are an Ambulance that was used during the Civil war, a fire engine, blacksmith shop and the Grand Gulf Jail.

While traveling toward Fort Wade visitors will see the submarine that was used to bootleg whiskey during the early prohibition time. At Fort Wade visitors are able to sit in the mortar and imagine firing from a barge on the river. Spanish house which was built in the late 1790's is located at the top of the hill and is one of the 2 original buildings from the old Grand Gulf town. Fort Cobun's only remains are earthworks and signs explaining what happened here.

The Cemetery has many people from the town buried here along with soldiers. In 2002 two soldiers were exhumed and reentered in 2003 as the erosion on their graves were almost lost forever. Tombstones on the graves have personal notes to help understand the life of the person buried there.

Visitors are able to climb the 75 foot Observation Tower to view the area that includes the Mississippi River. In the tower are two gun emplacements and rifle pits.

In the tent camping area is an amphitheater that was built by the Local Boys Scouts. There are two RV campgrounds that are concreted with water, sewer and electricity. A small pavilion, bath house and laundry facilities are available for all campers. Visitors to the campground are welcome to use the pavilion for parties, church groups, schools and tour groups. The pavilion can accommodate 100 people; it has a large grill, sink and ceiling fans.

Living History events are held at the park to help teach the public the history of the area. These events are run by volunteers and appreciate donations to help continue the events, donations from visitors who have enjoyed the events are more then appreciated.

The Grand Gulf Military Park aims to educate visitors about the area and the role that Port Gibson played in the Civil War and to provide a place of accommodation for those traveling through the area.

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Mar 23, 2016 @ 10:10 am
Are there any reenactments scheduled in the near future?

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