African American Living History Event in the Park - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

3rd US Colored Cavalry reenactment this Thursday

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) - This Thursday, October 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Vicksburg National Military Park will host an encampment of the 3rd US Colored Cavalry reenactors on the front lawn next to the visitor center. 

Reenactors and park ranger Dr. David Slay will conduct ranger talks and educational programs at that time.

The 3rd US Colored Cavalry was recruited from formerly enslaved men from the Vicksburg area in late fall of 1863, and became the first African American cavalry regiment to serve in the United States military. 

The men quickly adapted to military life and became one of the finest cavalry regiments to serve in the Civil War. They called themselves the “Black Horse Cavalry.” 

They were based at Hayne's Bluff during the first year of their service and engaged in numerous raids, scouts, and even a few battles.  

They include the battle of Yazoo City, the raid on Vaughan Station, and the Woodville Raid.

Park hours are 8am to 5pm daily with the U.S.S. Cairo Museum opening at 8:30am.

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