I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

Missing Posts: If you have a link to a post that's not here or are looking for posts from Summer of 2010, check this page.


150 years ago this month: Grant encircles Vicksburg

150 years ago this week, Grant successfully encircled Vicksburg and placed it under siege, after which it was only a matter of time before Vicksburg fell.

This was the first historical narrative I really grasped, and, as a teenager, began to understand what Grant accomplished in that campaign.

My family was from within a mile or so from Bruinsburg, where Grant’s troops first crossed the river (and first engaged Confederate forces in the Battle of Port Gibson on May 1, 1863).  I grew up going to the battlefield at Vicksburg, which was under siege by May 18th, and fell on July 4th.

This week we’ll pass the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Champions Hill and the beginning of the siege.

Comments are closed.