U. S. CIVIL WAR
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1863 Vicksburg Area Maps
(Showing the location of the photographs presented in this section.)
Approximate unit locations are shown on the left map
. The map on the right shows other significant
with the red marks for the unit locations.
First Assault, May 19, 1863.
After making a quick reconnaissance of the defenses, Gen. Grant ordered an
assault on Vicksburg. It was made by Sherman's corps astride the Graveyard
Road northeast of the city. Early in the morning, Union artillery began
bombarding the Confederates with solid shot and shell.
At approximately 2:00 p.m., Sherman's troops (General Francis P. Blair, Jr.'s
Division) attacked Stockade Redan, a Confederate fort which guarded the Graveyard Road, and
were repulsed with losses numbering about 1,000.
Inside Stockade Redan
Second Assault, May 22, 1863.
After a more thorough reconnaissance Gen. Grant ordered another assault.
Early on the morning of May 22, Union artillery again opened fire against
the city's defenses. At 10:00 a.m. Union infantry attacked along a three-mile
front. Sherman, again, attacked down the Graveyard Road but this time
McPherson attacked along Jackson Road and McClernand attacked along the
Southern Railroad of Mississippi. All three corps made progress against the
Confederate's fortifications, with McClernand's men briefly penetrating the
Railroad Redoubt and Sherman
troops temporarily planting a flag on the exterior slope of Stockade Redan.
However, at each of the assault locations the Federals were again driven back
with a total loss of more than 3,000 men.
(At the Railroad Redoubt).
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Civil War Photos