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Union forces withdraw from the Mississippi state capital of Jackson after inflicting heavy damage

Confederate forces re-enter Jackson, Mississippi, May 16, 1863, British artist's impression, zoomable image
05/16/1863
Two Union corps advanced on Jackson and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston decided to evacuate the capital, leaving General John Gregg's force to fight a rearguard action.  Gregg fought through the day and then withdrew as ordered.  Union forces over the next day destroyed installations, causing heavy damage to parts of the town, before withdrawing.  Confederate forces re-entered Jackson on the evening of May 16, 1863.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
 Michael B. Ballard, The Civil War in Mississippi: Major Campaigns and Battles (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2011), 158.
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