War on the Mississippi : Grants Vicksburg Campaign

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  1. Citation Information
  2. Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign- Crossing the Mississippi River
  3. Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg
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Grant's victory boosted his reputation, leading ultimately to his appointment as General-in-Chief of the Union armies. Show your pride in battlefield preservation by shopping in our store. Every purchase supports the mission. Skip to main content. Civil War.

Grant's Operations Against Vicksburg. May 18 — July 4, Battle Facts. John C. Forces Engaged. Total Estimated Casualties. Animated Map. Vicksburg Animated Map.

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Map of the Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. Explore Vicksburg.

Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign- Crossing the Mississippi River

Vicksburg Campaign. Vicksburg Campaign: Overview. Champion Hill. Quick Facts.

Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg

David D. Porter , had run south past the batteries at Vicksburg. Once across the river, Grant quickly began moving northeast, though this meant abandoning his already tenuous supply lines and feeding his troops off the surrounding enemy countryside. Joseph E. Johnston near Jackson from linking up with the Vicksburg forces. John C.

Pemberton , led his forces out in an effort to link up with Johnston but met Grant moving westward and was forced to return to the city.


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After two assaults in mid-May failed, Grant settled down to methodical siege tactics while augmenting his forces. He controlled all the approaches to the city, and by early June the Confederate garrison was desperately short of ammunition and on the brink of starvation. Pemberton surrendered the city on July 4. The surrender of Vicksburg, with the victory at the Battle of Gettysburg the previous day July 3 , greatly heartened the North and in fact marked the turning point of the war. Vicksburg Campaign. Article Media. It must be taken by a regular siege or by starving out the Garrison.

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