Battle for the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy": The Vicksburg Campaign

The Filson Civil War Field Institute Seminar, Spring 2007

By Kent Masterson Brown


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Court House in Vicksburg.  Courtesy of the Library of CongressJoin us in Vicksburg, Mississippi during the last week of the Natchez Spring Pilgrimage! We will gather on April 12, 2007 for a reception and lecture at the Old Courthouse Museum in Vicksburg, the historic structure that withstood the siege.

We will then board buses the next morning to follow General Ulysses S. Grantís campaign to seize Vicksburg, with stops at the Confederate defenses at Grand Gulf, the site of Grantís amphibious landing at Bruinsburg, the battlefields at Port Gibson, Raymond, Champion Hill and the Big Black River, and finally follow Confederate General John C. Pembertonís withdrawal into John C. Pemberton.  Courtesy of the Library of Congressthe Vicksburg defenses. 

On April 14, we will spend the day walking across the sites where Grantís army unsuccessfully assaulted Pembertonís Vicksburg defenses. We will follow the Union assaults against Stockade Redan, The Third Louisiana Redan, The Great Redoubt, The Railroad Redoubt, Fort Garrott and the Texas Lunette, where no fewer than 19 Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded to Union soldiers for valor, and where Pembertonís rag-tag army and the Vicksburg civilian population held on without food or supplies for 47 days. You will discover that the sites on the battlefields at Vicksburg and those overlooking the Mississippi River are breathtaking. It will be a seminar you will never forget. ē

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