U.S. Camel Corps Returning To Vicksburg National Military Park

Relieve history when the "U.S. Camel Corps" returns to Vicksburg National Military Park in April. NPS graphic.

Here's something you don't see every day: Camels in a national park. But there's some historical accuracy involved in the "return" of the camel corps to Vicksburg National Military Park in April.

According to park officials, during the summer of 1863 "the brave men of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry, Company A, were part of the forces manning the earthwork fortifications surrounding the city of Vicksburg. By their side was a most peculiar sight: their faithful mascot, Douglas the camel, which gave this unit its nickname of 'Camel Regiment.'"

On April 13, this nugget of history will be relived when Doug Baum recreates the U.S. Camel Corps with some of his camels during a visit to the park. The history he'll open a window on involves "Douglas," and what the park calls "the grand experiment of the U. S. Army to settle, supply, and defend the American West with its unique Camel Corps."

All programs will be held at the Surrender Interview Site inside the park on Pemberton Avenue (follow the camel signs!) with formal demonstrations at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Informal meet and greet with the U.S. Camel Corps will take place all day from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The program is free of charge and the park admission fee will be waived for visitors wishing to attend.

For more information on this and other exciting events at Vicksburg National Military Park, please call 601-636-0583.