The Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4, 1863) was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign. In a series of maneuvers, the Army of the Tennessee, commanded by Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, crossed the Mississippi River below (south) of Pittsburg. and drove the Confederate Army of Mississippi (aka Army of Vicksburg ) commanded by Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton into the defensive lines surrounding the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
When two major assaults (May 19 and 22, 1863) against the Confederate fortifications were repulsed with heavy casualties, Grant decided to besiege the city beginning on May 25. With no reinforcement, supplies nearly gone, and after holding out for more than forty days, the garrison finally surrendered on July 4, 1863. This action (combined with the surrender of Port Hudson to Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks on July 9) yielded command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces.
Source: Wikipedia: Siege of Vicksburg
The battlefield has been preserved.
The Battle of Vicksburg battlefield has been preserved by the National Parks Service and is part of the Vicksburg National Military Park .
Visit the official park web site at
Vicksburg National Military Park
Map of the Battlefield showing the locations of the markers?
Union forces also captured 172 cannons there was also 1 camel killed.
monuments documented by CWBFM on the battlefield.
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