Vicksburg Evening Post newspaper article, Oct. 19, 1917, concerning reunion of the 45th Illinois Infantry Regiment. "Bronze Portrait Tablet of Lt. Col. M. Smith Vicksburg Oct 17, 1917 Capt Buchanan at right of monument. 45th boys [illegible], Himes, Winter Wooten, Lillibridge & Judge Fish Taken by W.F. Crummer." Veterans of 45th Illinois Infantry Regiment.
The collection contains 328 items, primarily photographs taken in Vicksburg National Military Park from its inception in 1899 until 1923. The materials, collected and maintained by park commissioner William T. Rigby, document the design and construction of the park and its many monuments to the Confederate and Union units and soldiers who fought there. Included are images of battlefield terrain, sites, roads, bridges, buildings, monuments, memorials, forts, batteries, dedication ceremonies, park commissioners and officials, visiting dignitaries, and veterans attending reunions.