Grant’s Canal

Digging

Digging Grant’s Canal

Levee Road, Delta LA 71233
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Union Gen. U.S. Grant attempted to avoid fire from the Vicksburg bluffs by digging a canal across a major curl in the Mississippi River. More than 3,000 Union soldiers eventually augmented by more than 1,000 freed slaves toiled off-and-on from late June 1862 until March 1863 when the idea was abandoned. A surviving remnant of the canal is part of the Vicksburg National Military Park with pathways and interpretive signs.

Open daylight hours. Free.
nps.gov/vick/learn/historyculture/grants-canal.htm