The Civil War in the Lower Mississippi River Valley
The Bombardment of Port Hudson
On this journey you can relive stirring events that forged our history.
Follow Union and Confederate forces as they struggle to control the
Mississippi River valley. Explore the lifestyles of people and places
in this valley during a troubled time when neighbor fought neighbor,
brother fought brother, and father fought son. Visit significant military,
cultural, and historical sites. Visualize the clash of the Blue and
Gray along the mighty Mississippi River. Experience the broad scope
of the Civil War at Lincoln's home in Springfield, Illinois; from the
mountains of the Cumberland Gap through Nashville to Shiloh, Tennessee;
from St. Louis down the river to New Orleans; and throughout all the
states of the Lower Mississippi River valleya rich path of history,
a thousand miles long.
"The Thousand-Mile Front" provides a historical overview as well as
a summary of events by state. When visiting the region first explore
"Sites to Visit" which gives Civil War sites by state and by key map.
Each site listed has its own story to tell and more information is available
through the Office of Tourism in each state. So let's begin the thousand-mile
march through one of the most exciting and also one of the most devastating
times in American history.