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Grant’s Memoirs, the Vicksburg Campaign: The Siege, from the end of May until Mid-June

I’ve been posting Grant’s memoirs from more-or-less the Battle of Raymond through the end of the siege, as we advance through the 150th anniversary of all of these events.

By late May, he had settled into a siege…

On the 26th of May I sent Blair’s division up the Yazoo to drive out a […]

Grant’s Memoirs, the Vicksburg Campaign: Grant writes in defense of Sherman

In my last post about Grant’s memoirs, I quoted his brief defense of Sherman, somewhat cryptically about Sherman’s view that Grant was taking too much risk in his later-famous decision to cut loose from his line of supply.

In the text, Grant wrote:

Sherman gave the same energy to make the campaign a success […]

Grant’s Memoirs, the Vicksburg Campaign May 17th and 18th: Big Black River, and investing Vicksburg

150 years ago on these days, Grant completed his encirclement of Vicksburg.

After crossing the river, he had decided to leave his line of supply, forage from the land, and move on Jackson to cut of Pemberton’s supply from Jackson.  Completing the turn (Bruinsburg/Port Gibson/Raymond/Champion’s Hill, then Vicksburg), by investing Vicksburg he at the […]