Human life is reduced to survival won on a day-to-day basis.
Control of the Mississippi River was seen by both North and South as the linchpin to winning the Civil War and Vicksburg was the key to the river.
To divert attention from Grant’s crossing of the Mississippi, Union cavalry under Colonel Benjamin Grierson run roughshod over large areas of Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Yet another Union expedition against Vicksburg took place with Union troops struggling southward from Milliken’s Bend towards New Carthage. Federal forces evacuated Jacksonville, Florida after a brief occupation, and in the Confederate capital, hungry women and children rioted in an … Full Post