According to the NPS's website (http://www.nps.gov/vick/planyourvisit/vicksburg-national-military-park-cw150-events.htm) Congress established Vicksburg National Military Park in 1899 to commemorate the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg, and to preserve the history of the battles and operations conducted on the ground where they were fought. In 1990, Congress expanded the park's interpretive mandate to include the campaign and siege of Vicksburg from April 1862 to July 4, 1863, and the history of Vicksburg under Union occupation during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
From 2011 through 2015, the nation will be observing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, in the Fall of 2012, Vicksburg National Military Park initiated its commemoration of the campaign and siege of Vicksburg, culminating in several signature events planned for 2013. Visit the NPS's website today to learn more.
In November 1961, the Texas Civil War Centennial Commission and the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (the THC's predecessor) initiated a commemorative series of granite monuments by dedicating the first and largest of the original Centennial monuments at the Vicksburg National Military Park (Mississippi). Over the next three and a half years, these two preservation-minded organizations placed Texas Civil War Monuments on battlefields across the nation, preserving the memories of the contributions made by our state’s military units during the Civil War.
In 2001, the THC worked with the NPS to rededicate the Texas State Memorial.
To view the THC's current Texas Civil War Monument project - for the Battle of Glorieta Pass, New Mexico - please visit our website at http://www.thc.texas.gov/preserve/projects-and-programs/military-sites/texas-civil-war-monuments