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The Civil War in MississippiMajor Campaigns and Battles$
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Michael B. Ballard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738421

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738421.001.0001

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More Union Failures

(p.105) 5 Vicksburg
The Civil War in Mississippi

Michael B. Ballard

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the Union campaign to capture Vicksburg. It details Grant’s strategy; the Holly Springs debacle that forced Grant to retreat north toward Tennessee; and the battle of Chicksaw Bayou. The grand scheme concocted by Grant and Sherman had failed miserably. In their attempt to hurry up the campaign in order to have Vicksburg, they ignored the risks that lengthy supply lines, geography, and weather conditions could impose on an army.

Keywords:   Ulysses S. Grant, Confederates, Union army, Civil War, William T. Sherman, Chicksaw Bayou

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