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The fall of Vicksburg: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion

On July 4, 1863, Major General U.S. Grant’s army captured Vicksburg, Mississippi.  This campaign often gets hastily passed over in history conversations.  Gettysburg and Fourth festivities take precedent.  I’m at fault for neglecting this event as well.  Still, the fall … Continue reading

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A Taste of Vicksburg – The Story of the Jam Jar

Tucked away in the collection’s storage at the University of West Florida’s Historic Trust is a simple artifact with a greater history than meets the eye. A brown stoneware jar, about eight inches tall and four inches in diameter, its … Continue reading

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“They Will Charge to the Cannon’s Mouth:” A Story of the 3rd United States Colored Cavalry

ECW welcomes back guest author Jeff T. Giambrone (Editor’s Note: the primary source contains the historic use of a racial slur.) I have been reading the wartime issues of the Vicksburg Daily Herald for years, but despite all the time … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: Earl Van Dorn’s Final Obscurity

As charismatic as Earl Van Dorn was in life, as a man people flocked to, as someone who personified that old expression “Men wanted to be him, and women wanted to be with him,” his afterlife seems to be a … Continue reading

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Sherman’s Huzzah

While many minds are on Gettysburg, early July always finds me reflecting on the siege and surrender at Vicksburg. In the larger picture, I have always found the Vicksburg victory more important because it leads to the important result of … Continue reading

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“Our Army Was Thoroughly Beaten”: An English Rebel Remembers Champion Hill

ECW is pleased to welcome back Daniel A. Masters     This extraordinary letter, written by former English army officer Stephen Edward Monaghan Underhill to his mother in Coldstream, Scotland in the waning days of the siege of Vicksburg, gives us an … Continue reading

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The Fearful Squadrons and the Decrees of Providence

On May 10, 1863, as Ulysses S. Grant moved his army into the Mississippi interior on his eventual way to Vicksburg, the the newspaper in the state capital, Jackson, attempted to bolster the flagging spirits of residents. “The prospect in … Continue reading

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Being Grant: Now and Then (part four)

ECW is pleased to welcome back our friend, Dr. Curt Fields. Curt is nationally known for his acclaimed portrayal of Ulysses S. Grant. This week, he reflects on some of the highlights of his career thus far. (part four of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Storming Vicksburg

Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863 By Earl J. Hess University of North Carolina Press, 2020, $40.00 hardback Reviewed by Sean Michael Chick In 2020 Earl J. Hess and Timothy B. Smith, two of the … Continue reading

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On the Battlefield, Among the Dead and Dying, We Get to Know Each Other Better

Following the May 14, 1863, battle of Jackson, Mississippi, Private Osborn H. Oldroyd of the 20th Ohio had the chance to walk across the battlefield. His unit, part of Maj. Gen. John Logan’s division, did not get into the day’s … Continue reading

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