… from the Civil War Trust …
A CIVIL WAR TRUST FIRST
Confident after a string of successes, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant believed Vicksburg could be taken by storm. On May 22, 1863, the whole of Grant’s army assaulted the defenses around the city. Along the Southern Railroad, Brig. Gen. Michael Lawler’s Thirteenth Corps brigade breached the Confederate lines at the Railroad Redoubt. A hand-to-hand struggle ensued, but without reinforcements, the Federals were compelled to withdraw. The heavy casualties of these early assaults convinced Grant to lay siege to the city.
The Civil War Trust now has the opportunity to preserve 11 acres of pristine ground along the historic Southern Railroad—the very first acres the Trust has saved of the Vicksburg battlefield. Help us save this hallowed ground from potential development!