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After roughly 3-month closure, Vicksburg cemetery reopens

March 26, 2019

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — After a nearly three-month closure to remove downed trees, the cemetery at Vicksburg National Military Park is reopening.

Scott Babinowich with the park says the cemetery reopened Monday.

It had been closed since a severe storm December 27 damaged over 35 large trees. The rest of the park has been open.

Babinowich says the winds “took down huge old growth magnolias and oaks.”

The park relied on an extensive network of volunteers to help remove the trees.

More than 50 dump truck loads of downed limbs were taken out of the cemetery.

The cemetery was established in 1866 and holds about 17,000 graves. Babinowich says the majority are from the Civil War and all of those are Union troops. The cemetery also includes veterans up to the Korean War.