JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Visitors are being turned away from the Civil War battlefield in Vicksburg and seven other National Park Service sites in Mississippi because of the partial shutdown of the federal government.
The Vicksburg National Military Park's chief of operations, Rick Martin, said Wednesday that he has had to tell tourists and locals alike that they can't walk, run or drive through the 1,800-acre site since it temporarily closed on Tuesday. The hilly expanse, with cannons and monuments to soldiers who fought in the 1863 Vicksburg campaign, is a popular spot for early morning or late afternoon exercisers.
"Sometimes, when you have a national park in your backyard, you don't realize that it's federal. It's their park," Martin said. "I saw the look on one man's face yesterday. He was incredulous that the park was closed."
The National Park Service says in a news release that all 401 of its sites across the country are temporarily closed because of the shutdown.
The other National Park Service sites in Mississippi are Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield near Baldwyn, Grand Gulf Military Monument Park near Port Gibson, Gulf Islands National Seashore in Ocean Springs, Natchez National Historic Park, the Natchez Trace Parkway and Tupelo National Battlefield.
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