March 18, 2006
& Friends of Blanche Terry
& Vicksburg-Warren Historical Society
SIEGE OF VICKSBURG:
Don't Know ... Surrender"
voters opposed secession from the Union but once the war began, they
supported the Confederacy, over 2500 local men joining the Southern
first attack on Vicksburg was in the spring of 1862. The enemy
was repulsed, Col. James Autry telling them "Mississippians don't
know the meaning of the word 'surrender.' Col. Autry's kin had
died at the Alamo. During that
time, the CSS Arkansas attacked and crippled the Union fleet and thwarted
the efforts of a Union ironclad in a battle in front of the
the winter of 1862, Union troops were badly defeated at the Battle of
Chickasaw Bluffs north of Vicksburg, General William T. Sherman's Army
losing 1,776 men. Unable to take the city by storm, Ulysses S.
Grant and the Union Army placed the Vicksburg under siege for 47 days
from May 17 to July 4, 1863.
Union victory is considered by many to be the turning point of the
war. The Siege of Vicksburg is studied by military strategists
today and its lessons applied in modern warfare. Few cities
suffered or sacrificed more for the Southern case that did Vicksburg.
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