The Civil War in Mississippi was waged on land and sea. The Mississippi River being vital to both the Union and the Confederacy, bitter battles were fought to take and keep it. Corinth, Port Gibson, Holly Springs, Iuka, Vicksburg, and other sites became fiercely contested battlegrounds. Some of the war's most famous fighters struggled on these battlegrounds, including Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and John Pemberton.

The socioeconomic consequences of the war have affected generations of Mississippians. On this occasion, the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, we remember those who gave their lives and those whose lives were forever changed, and in doing so, celebrate the strength they contributed to our United States.