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the seige of vicksburg

the seige of vicksburg was the final military action in the vicksburg campaign and was one of the turning points for the union in the civil war. the fortified city of vicksburg was defended by general john c. pemberton CSA. pemberton only had 18,500 troops compared to union general ulysses s. grant's 35,000. grant surrounded vicksburg to the east with a 12 mile offensive seige line. grant also had gun boats on the mississippi that lobed over 22,000 shells into the town. the citizens of vicksburg were forced to live in caves to avoid the shelling. the seige began on may 18 th 1863 and ended with a confederate surrender on july 4 the 1863. this union victory allowed the union to control the mississippi river and helped set up later victories at chickamauga and atlanta. for those interested in civil war history the vicksburg battlefield park is a must see sight in mississippi.

begining at the park visitor center you can take a 16 mile auto tour of the battle ground. there are 14 stops on the tour and 1330 statues and monuments honoring the divisions and brigades that fought in the seige of vickburg. for a quick look at the battlefield you need a couple of hours. for serious students of this conflict you can easily spend several days exploring this battlefield. my following tips and traveloges will give you a brief over view of this interesting historic park.

  • Last visit to Vicksburg National Military Park: May 2010
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