VICKSBURG, Mississippi — Vicksburg National Military Park on Saturday will commemorate the service of African-American troops in the Civil War as part of a free-admission weekend at the park.
The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1ouOmtc ) that David Slay, who has a doctorate in history, will present a program on the Third U.S. Colored Cavalry and the Battle of Yazoo City, which took place in March 1864 on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Third USCC was part of a Federal force occupying the port at Yazoo City when they were suddenly attacked by portions of Confederate Gen. Brig. Gen. Lawrence S. Ross's Texas Brigade.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the program in the park's Visitor Center.
Admission to the park is free through Monday in honor of Presidents Day.
Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com