Today in History: Siege of Vicksburg

Siege of Vicksburg

Today in History–May 19–the Library of Congress features the Union siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, begun on this day in 1863 under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant. By mid-June, nearly 80,000 Union troops had virtually sealed off the city. But it would take a few more weeks before Confederate forces surrendered on July 4. With the victory, the Union regained control of the Mississippi River, geographically dividing the Confederacy. Find out more about this Civil War campaign by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to the battle and the war.

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Books, reports, narratives & other texts related to the Siege of Vicksburg

1863 historical newspaper coverage of the Siege of Vicksburg

Siege of Vicksburg periodical articles

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