encompassed much more than than the 45 mile stretch between
and Vicksburg, two crucial
battles took place in this area that
may very well have changed the way history reads today. Playing a pivotal
point in the ultimate defeat of
Battle of Champion Hill was fought on May 16, 1863 and the
Battle of the Big Black River Bridge,
on the following day.
Though officially recognized, these crucial battles are not well known in
history books. Making matters more difficult, in the research and writing of these historic sites, is
the fact that road names have been changed, most of the sites are not well
marked, and many are situated on private property.