Battle of Vicksburg Civil War Tour

March 1-5, 2019

Experience Vicksburg National Military Park; Nashville; the historic architecture of Columbus, Indiana; and the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois!
Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg National Military Park

The Turning Point in the West

President Abraham Lincoln, in the midst of the American Civil War, is desperate for a victory. In July, 1863, the war is going badly for the Union. Losses are mounting and the Union cause is becoming increasingly unpopular. The President faces a critical situation- “How does he change the course of the conflict?”

Canon Vicksburg Mississippi Battlefield

Canon at the Vicksburg, Mississippi Battlefield

In a bold move, President Lincoln secures the appointment of two Generals who were relegated by their military peers as being unfit for command and puts them into the campaign for the Mississippi River. Their objective is to cut the Confederacy into half. These two Generals are U.S. Grant and William T. Sherman. Their military legacies will be cemented at the Battle of Vicksburg.

Come join the Muskegon Community College Center for Experiential Learning as we explore this campaign and visit the battlefield in Vicksburg. With three special lectures ahead of the trip, we unfold the personalities, strategies and the battle before we see the Vicksburg National Battlefield. The trip will take place on March 1-5, 2019. Join MCC Professors George Maniates and Kurt Troutman as they present this pivotal battle in the Civil War.


$825 includes motor coach transportation, hotels (double occupancy), breakfast, all admissions at the various venues. We employ the best trained guides and docents! Call the MCC Center for Experiential Learning at (231) 777-0380 to book now.

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee

Friday, March 1, 2019

  • 6:30 a.m. – Leave Muskegon Community College
  • 2:00 p.m. – Historic Architectural Tour of Columbus, IN
    One of America’s best displays of architecture waits in Columbus, where the skyline mixes 20th-century masterpieces with 19-century structures. Names like I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen left their mark here, earning Columbus recognition from the American Institute of Architects as America’s sixth-best city for architectural innovation.
  • 7:00 p.m. – Arrive in Nashville, TN– Stay at the Inn at Opryland

Saturday, March 2, 2019

  • 7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. – Board Buses to see various Historic sites in Nashville
  • 2:00 p.m. – Lunch Stop TBA
  • 8:00 p.m. – Check-In Vicksburg, MS

Sunday, March 3, 2019

  • 9:30 a.m. – Leave Hotel
  • 10:00 a.m. – Arrive at Vicksburg Battlefield
  • Noon – Break for Lunch (Sack Lunches)
  • 4:00 p.m.  – Arrive Back at Hotel
  • Sunday evening – Explore Vicksburg on your own
President Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield Illinois

President Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield Illinois

Monday, March 4, 2019

  • 7:00 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. – Court House Museum
  • 10:00 a.m. – Leave Vicksburg
  • 4:30 p.m. –  Arrive Sikeston MO
  • 7:30 p.m. – Arrive Collinsville IL Hotel

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

  • 7:30 a.m. – Leave Hotel for Springfield IL
  • 10:00 a.m. – Lincoln Presidential Museum
  • 12:30 p.m. – Leave Springfield, IL
  • 8:30 p.m. – Arrive Muskegon MI