Our first stop on the tour was Grant's Canal. Since my last (and only) visit to Vicksburg in 2000 there appears to be some changes. For one thing there are more markers than I remember. The first trip was pre-digital camera so I didn't take pictures of every marker and monument like I do now so I can't be 100% sure but there seem to be more markers now.
Of course this monument is new since then. Its to the 9th Conneticut and has some amazing modern techniques being used. Most of my pictures of it turned out kinda poorly because it is so reflective, you see all of the group gathered around the monument but a few shots did turn out.
And the highlight, I guess, is seeing Grant's Canal. Or rather the depression that is left. Its kinda humbling to think of all the hard work and effort that went into digging the canal, only to have it become rather useless almost immediately, and then to be little more than a ditch today. If there were no markers here I wonder what people would think the depression was. An old road bed perhaps?