Vicksburg, Mississippi


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Vicksburg, Mississippi


Known as “The Gibraltar of the Confederacy,” the port city of Vicksburg represented control of the Mississippi River. American president Lincoln proclaimed the capture of Vicksburg as crucial because of its economic importance as a shipping port to world markets. Its fall would result in the division of the Confederacy into two non-connected parts. In the spring and summer of 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant and Union forces bombarded Vicksburg, which was located high on a bluff. The Confederate resistance lasted 48 days. On July 4, the starving Confederates surrendered. The fate of the Confederacy had essentially been sealed. Just a day before, the Confederates under Robert E. Lee were defeated at Gettysburg.


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Vicksburg in Depth

The monumental siege at Vicksburg will ultimately result in the city’s surrender on July 4th, 1863, and total control of the Mississippi River for Union forces.


The 82 year-long Grudge

This writing prompt describes the “grudge” the citizens of Vicksburg, Mississippi held against the United States Government after the fall of their city in July of 1863. Independence Day was not celebrated in the Mississippi River town until after World War II. This writing prompt requires students to describe a grudge they have had, or, to describe one in literature, or sports, or if someone has had a grudge against them.

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