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... br> Jude: "Well, to be honest, I am worried about the time we need to get to Mississippi"
Charlie: "I agree and I know you! You would not be able to relax. You would be watching the time constantly"
Jude: "and I don't want to drive like a bat outta hell to get there"
Charlie: "Which we would have to do. So why not consider we rather come down from Joplin when we do Route 66 and then we can totally chill and play all day looking ...
... we head straight to the Vicksburg National Military Park. This park consists of a 16 mile driving tour through the hills where the campaign and siege of Vicksburg took place. Capturing Vicksburg was the key to The Union Forces taking control of the Mississippi River. The attempts started in October 1962 and continued until July 4 1863 when Vicksburg officially surrendered. The drive has Red and Blue markers to pertain ...
... road mixed with large flat tracks of agricultural land. Without warning, the Mississippi River loomed in front of me and I was crossing on a long bridge before I knew it. The Mississippi is a wide river, Brown and muddy. Immediately on the other side is Vicksburg, and an immediate change in landscape. From flat agricultural land on one side of the Mississippi to rolling hills and the high bluffs that overlook the river on the Vicksburg side.
These high bluffs were why ...
... July 3rd the Confederates made a dashing attack to break the siege, but Pemberton commented that he thought his men were too hungry to fight. He surrendered, almost at the same hour on the same day as Picketts' charge at Gettysburg. Suddenly both of these events had turned a viable Confederacy into a lost cause. Grants campaign saw reward as we have mentioned before. Also worth a mention here is William T Sherman who along with Grant masterminded the campaign ...
... and Jackson, the capital city. This caused the confederate army West to Vicksburg where Grant & Sherman attacked with frontal assaults that resulted in heavy losses to the Union armies.
Finally, Grant realized he couldn't win climbing earthen fortresses, out match the artillery guns of the rebel army, so he decided to lay siege to the city for 47 days. Confederate forces had ...