All About History - Book of War - (1847 - 1938) - Vol 1 by Paul Brewer

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The Rebels withstood a six-week siege, under constant bombardment. O n 4 July 1863, a three-month siege ended with the surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the “Gibraltar of the West”, to a Federal army commanded by Major General Ulysses S. Grant. During the siege, Grant’s army made two assaults on the Rebel lines, on 19 and 22 May, but both were repulsed with heavy losses. The earthwork fortifications around Vicksburg were very strong and it was not surprising that Grant’s assaults failed. ” Grant’s army began its lengthy siege operations.

The commander was Captain Danjou, who had lost his left hand during the Crimean War and had had it replaced with a wooden one. m. on 29 April and led them out after midnight. m. they stopped to brew coffee and eat breakfast but before they could eat they discovered that a large body of Mexican cavalry was approaching them. Estimating their number at around 800 strong, Captain Danjou realized he could not outrun them, nor could he defeat them in the open, so he ordered his men back up the road to a farm known as the Hacienda Camarone.

Lee in the Wilderness, near Chancellorsville, Virginia. This three-day battle on 5–7 May 1864 marked the opening of the summer campaigning season and the first confrontation between the two best generals to emerge during the war. Grant marched out of winter quarters on 3 May across the Rapidan and toward the Wilderness, where the year before Lee had won a tremendous victory over the Army of the Potomac. Meanwhile, Lee moved to intercept Grant in this tangled, uncultivated countryside, where Grant’s superiority in artillery would count for less.

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