Vicksburg, Mississippi, the seat of Warren County. It is on bluffs above the Mississippi River and Yazoo Canal, 40 miles (64 km) west of Jackson. Vicksburg is the chief river port in Mississippi. The city is a shipping center for cotton and cattle. Products manufactured here include lighting fixtures, earth-moving equipment, paper, and trailers. There are railway shops and lumber mills.
The Mississippi River Commission and the U.S. Waterways Experiment Station are in Vicksburg. Vicksburg National Cemetery and Vicksburg National Military Park are nearby. Hunting and fishing abound in the area.
Vicksburg was founded in 1811 on the plantation of William Vick and John Lane. It was incorporated in 1825. The city was a stronghold of the Confederate army during the Civil War, but was forced to surrender by General Grant in 1863.