Grant's Canal (also known as Williams' Canal) was located near Delta, Louisiana. Ulysses S. Grant ordered the project, started on June 27, 1862, with two goals in mind. The first was to alter the course of the Mississippi River in order to bypass the Confederate guns at Vicksburg, Mississippi. For various technical reasons the project failed to meet this goal. The river did change course by itself on April 26, 1876. But the project did meet its second goal, keeping troops occupied during the laborious maneuvering required to begin the Battle of Vicksburg. A small remnant of the canal is part of Vicksburg National Military Park.For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Delta holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Grant's canal and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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A quiet spot that can give you some perspective of the trials and tribulations of Grant has to deal with trying to get to Vicksburg. The current state of the Mississippi makes it difficult to understand but the site itself is well kept and has several markers to help visitors.
Having visited the main military park I started out to find Grant's Canal. I had read about it a long time ago and wanted to see what I could learn. The area is very small and only a very small portion of the actual canal exist. There were a few wayside panels with informational signage describing what had taken place and a few monuments. I was happy to see that this was protected as a historical place. If you are wanting to see a piece of history then it would be good to stop by but I would probably leave this as an ending or possibly the starting point. However, you really should be a history buff if you want to stop by. If you are not, then it might be a wasted trip. Other opinions may vary.
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