The Universe of Battle: Life in the Caves of Vicksburg

Human life is reduced to survival won on a day-to-day basis.

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The Start of the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi

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.

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Grierson’s Raid

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.

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Vicksburg and the Richmond Bread Riot

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

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