Mississippi was the site of many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. It sometimes seems the Civil War in the West was focused on Vicksburg. The Union efforts to take the Confederate-held Mississippi River bastion took months of maneuvering and thousands of lives on both sides. The drama finally ended July 4, 1863, with the city's surrender.
But there is much more to Mississippi's Civil War story. The critically important rail junction at Corinth, lost by the Confederates in 1862 was a critical loss to the Southern cause and many of the exploits of famed Confederate cavalry commander Gen. N.B. Forrest occurred in Mississippi.