Leadership changing at Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg Nat'l Military Park

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Bill Justice has been named interim superintendent at the Vicksburg National Military Park effective Feb. 8.

Current superintendent Mike Madell is transferring Feb. 6 to Acadia National Park in Maine after just over five years in Vicksburg.

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The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1EPLP3H ) that under Madell’s leadership, the park has expanded its public offerings and restored areas of the 1863 battlefield and celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Siege of Vicksburg.

Justice is currently superintendent of the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hogenville, Kentucky. He previously worked at Natchez National Historical Park.

Founded in 1899, the VNMP commemorates the 47day Siege of Vicksburg in 1863 as well as interpreting events leading up to and after the battle. There are more than 1,400 monuments along the 16mile tour road.