The Battle of Vicksburg was fought from May 18 to July 4, 1863. General Ulysses Grant was the Union leader in charge of the Tenessee Army. He trapped General John Pemberton and his Southern Army of Vicksburg at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Pemberton eventually surrendered to the North. Vicksburg was an important win for Grant for two reasons. One, after winning Vicksburg Grant effectively split the Confederacy in two. And second, Grant eventually won the appointment of General-in-Chief because of his success. 19,233 soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice for what they believed in and died at Vicksburg. Watch an interactive map of the Battle of Vicksburg here!
Photo of Ulysses Grant taken at the time of his appointment as Lieutenant-General of all the Armies of the Republic in 1864. PR 52 Portrait File. Photo found here!