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Grant's Union Army captures Jackson, the state capital of Mississippi

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05/14/1863
Facing the advance of two full Union Army corps and with only one Confederate division to defend the city, CSA General Joseph E. Johnston had ordered the evacuation of the Mississippi state capital the night before.  General John Gregg's troops fought a desperate delaying action outside the city all morning until the city was emptied in mid-afternoon.  That evening,  Grant and his officers held a celebration in the town while his men destroyed industry and communications before moving on towards Vicksburg three days later.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America ... (Philadelphia, A. Winch, 1867), 55.

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