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The Union Army landed troops in Mississippi as part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the US Civil WarMay 1, 1863. The goal was to control the Mississippi River, a vital transportation link, from the Confederate Army by capturing Vicksburg, MS. The first shots, known as the Battle of Port Gibson, took place just outside the home of Abram Keller Shaifer located on today's Shaifer Road. The Shaifer House is the last remaining structure on this historic battlefield. Today, it is part of the National Park Service's Vicksburg National Military Park. History buffs will enjoy the experience of being on this historic battlefield.
Shaifer Road is a dirt and gravel county road with little maintenance and significant erosion. Deep ruts require careful tire placement. A high clearance 4x4 vehicle is necessary to complete the route. The road is suitable for beginning offroad drivers looking for a bit of adventure.
Camping is not allowed along Shaifer Road.
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