Vicksburg | Donald Miller
Presented by the History Book Festival
Thursday, October 29 | 5 PM
“When Vicksburg fell, the fate of the Confederacy was sealed.”—Ulysses S. Grant
The surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, 1863, opened the Mississippi to Union commerce and severed the Confederacy, isolating the slave states of Arkansas and Texas and part of Louisiana. It also ignited a social revolution in Mississippi and eastern Louisiana that culminated in the violent overthrow of plantation slavery. The victory elevated General Grant to command of all Union armies and sent him east to take on Robert E. Lee.