Civil War, Day by Day
General Ulysses Grant was determined to claim Vicksburg, Mississippi for the North. The city was strategically located, for it was the gateway to the Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans. Grant had not been successful in direct attacks on Vicksburg in the past; this time he would complete his mission. The siege began on May 18, 1863.
This Day in History
Cowboy Artillery at Soyang

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