Vicksburg Campaign

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At the Big Black River Bridge, Union troops sweep aside a blocking force covering the Confederate retreat to Vicksburg
On the Mississippi, the Union's Army of the Tennessee completely surrounds Vicksburg
The Union's Army of the Tennessee attempts the storming of Vicksburg but is beaten back
Second Union attempt to take Vicksburg by infantry assault ends in bloody failure with 500 dead
Twenty-nine year old Union Brigade commander George Boomer dies at the head of his troops
The Union Army's Marine Brigade burns the town of Austin, Mississippi for sheltering rebel forces
After twice failing to storm the city, Union General Grant orders a siege at Vicksburg, Mississippi
- In Mississippi, the Siege of Vicksburg continues
Off Vicksburg, the U.S.S. Cincinnati is sunk with heavy losses as six men win Medals of Honor
General Ulysses S. Grant fires his troublesome and ambitious subordinate, James A. McClernand
At Vicksburg, a large mine is exploded under defenses but an attempt at a Union breakthrough fails
After forty-seven days of intense siege, Vicksburg surrenders to Grant's Army of the Tennessee
At the port town of Helena, Arkansas, defenders inflict heavy losses on a Confederate assault
With the Mississippi River open again to traffic, the steamboat Imperial departs St Louis for New Orleans
Union troops occupy Natchez, Mississippi, further ensuring the opening of the Mississippi River
The steamboat Imperial arrives in New Orleans from St. Louis, the first since early 1861
Chicago Style Entry Link
Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant. 2 vols. New York: Charles L. Webster & Co., 1885–86.
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Woodworth, Steven E. Decision in the Heartland: The Civil War in the West. Wesport, CT: Praeger, 2008.
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Ballard, Michael B.Vicksburg: The Campaign That Opened the Mississippi. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. View Record
Cable, George W., ed. “A Woman’s Diary of the Siege of Vicksburg.” Century 30, no. 5 (September 1885): 767-776. View Record
Grant, Ulysses S. “The Siege of Vicksburg.” Century 30, no. 5 (September 1885): 752-767. View Record
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