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Robert E. Lee

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Jeb Stuart

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Patrick Cleburne

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John Hood


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Stonewall Jackson


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Joseph Johnston

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Vicksburg

          

VB01

VB02

Main Gate to the Siege-lines, Union first.

Union gun from the 8th Mich. Lt. Art.

VB03

VB04

One of many Union Monuments.

One of the many pieces of art from the war.

VB05

VB06

Read it for yourself.

The approach: Union lines

VB07

VB08

National Cemetary, and northern
end of both lines.  Rebels on the hill.

From that hill looking
down at Thayer's approach.

VB09

VB10

Some artwork for Texans.
The mighty Mississippi River as seen from
the cliff on the south side of town.

VB11


Vicksburg was the fortress on the cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River.  The river curved just north of the city and made the passage very hard for any vessel that was not friendly to the city.   Having the Yazoo River and swamp area north of the town ruled out any direct approach from that direction.  River bottomland  and the size of the river made bypassing the town on the western side of the river difficult, at best.  The best approach would be the one Grant would finally take.  He failed with two other attempts.  If Grant had done that in the east, he would not have stayed in command.  McClellen, Pope, McClellen, Burnsides, Hooker - get the point?


 



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