VICKSBURG
 
I am absolutely amazed at the amount of bad information that is floating around out there concerning the Vicksburg Cemeteries.  Many people think Confederates are buried in the Vicksburg National Cemetery. (Not true and only through error (Three graves I think.) That Civilians are buried there. (Not true except family members and in the emergency of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 (The Caretakers Family – Several very small children, very sad.)
 
Many of our members just quite simply do not know.
 
I have been planning to write something for the "Jeff Davis Legion" trying to explain.  Terry Winchel, Historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park and thus – the Vicksburg National Cemetery has an excellent article in the "Vicksburg Post Newspaper" of Tuesday, June 30th 2009 explaining the Vicksburg National Cemetery.  Thus – I am going to circulate this article.
 
The Vicksburg Green Acres Cemetery was established after World War II and thus – Of no further interest to us.
 
I will, soon, write something on The Vicksburg City Cemetery / Cedar Hill Cemetery / Soldiers Rest (All synonyms and – all correct names.) Soldiers Rest if a part of the Vicksburg City Cemetery.  Also, Soldiers Rest – The Confederate Cemetery is so complicated that I hope I know enough to do it justice. 
 
It will be too long and thus – Will break into Two Volumes.

Volume #1 will be the Vicksburg City Cemetery.

Volume #2 will be Soldier’s Rest.
 
Sam Price
spvicksburg@juno.com

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The Cemeteries in Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi
 
The Vicksburg Cemeteries by Sam Price
 
Vicksburg, Mississippi, has Three major Cemeteries.  The (# 1.) Vicksburg National Cemetery, (# 2.) The Vicksburg City Cemetery / Cedar Grove and (# 3.) Green Acres Cemetery.  Green Acres was established after World War II and of no further interest to us.
 
"The Vicksburg National Cemetery"
 
The Vicksburg National Cemetery; From the Vicksburg Post, Tuesday, June 30th, 2009; “Take Me Home” Rare burial at National Cemetery,” by Ben Bryant.  The gates of Vicksburg National Cemetery opened Monday afternoon to admit what has become a rarity within the 116 acre spread of tombstones.  – A funeral procession.  The Hearse carried the body Dorothy Haggard, 82, of Jackson.  Wended its way through rows of graves until it reached a burial site adjacent to that of Cleveland Haggard, a world War II veteran whose 1960 burial left Dorothy a widow.  Veterans have not been able to reserve grave plots in Vicksburg National Cemetery for nearly Five decades, rendering funerals infrequent.  

According to Vicksburg National Military Park Historian Terry Winchel, Dorothy Haggard requested her burial space immediately after the February, 1960, death of her husband.   The Cemetery, created in 1866 to accommodate Union Civil War Casualties but later opened to veterans of subsequent conflicts an d their immediate family members, stopped taking reservations in 1960.  Veterans and their families remain eligible for burial in other national Military Cemeteries.  Vicksburg National Cemetery contains roughly 18,000 graves, only about 1,300 of which are final resting places of veterans of military confrontations that occurred after 1865.  Fewer still represent family members of those young veterans.   Winchel said the records kept by the Park, which has administered the Cemetery since 1947, suggest that as many as 50 reservations remain outstanding.  The last interment before Haggard’s occurred in April and August, 2007.
 
The Comments from Sam Price; There are no Confederate’s Buried in the National Cemetery (Yes – Several are buried there but through error.)  Also, no civilians except family members. (Again – Yes, several in the emergency of the 1878 yellow fewer epidemic.)  Today, The Vicksburg National Cemetery is a part of the Vicksburg National Military Park
 
Sam Price
spvicksburg@juno.com