Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled "Vicksburg: The Key to the Mississippi" on Tuesday, March 18th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in the Department of the Interior Library.

Throughout Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s attempts to take the city of Vicksburg and to silence the guns overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, the Confederate defenders seemed to have every angle covered and anticipate his every move.  Grant inaugurated this campaign in November 1862 and saw it drag on for months. His army waded through mud and swamps trying to gain entry into the backdoor of the city. The Vicksburg Campaign had the potential to make or break Grant’s career as well as decide the outcome of the American Civil War.

Please join Park Ranger Kathryn Williams as she explores the many failures and ultimate success of the Vicksburg Campaign, which also helped decide the political future of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had previously declared that opening the Mississippi River was the most important aim of the war. 

All that are interested are invited.  The DOI Library is located in the Main Interior Building, located at 1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151 in Washington.  Space for the program is limited so please go to the following link to register:

You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask] for more information about this program.   For more information about DOI Library resources and services, please visit the DOI Library's website, located at

We hope to see you on March 18th!

George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS)
1849 C Street, NW, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
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Phone: (202) 208-3796
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