The Siege of Vicksburg

The Union Conquers The Mississippi

Facts About The Battle

1. On May 19 and 22 of 1863, Union General Ulysses S. Grant launched a series of assaults againts the fortifications of Vicksburg defended by Confederate forces under the command of John C. Pemberton.

2. Grant suffered heavy losses in the failed attacks and ordered his men to lay siege to the city and dig a series of trenches around the city.

3. The city held against the Union for 47 days.

4.The defenders surrendered on July 4, 1863.

5.Taking this city gave the Union full control of the Mississippi River.