Skip to comments.THE SIEGE OF VICKSBURG: A Somewhat Protracted Siege Considered Probable; GREAT HOPES OF JOE JOHNSTON (5/29/1863)
Posted on 05/29/2023 6:06:53 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
WASHINGTON, Thursday, May 28.
Another day has passed without anything, official or otherwise, from Vicksburgh. There begins to be talk in official circles of a probability that the siege may last a fortnight.
Thursday, 28 -- Midnight.
There is nothing later from Vicksburgh than that already communicated to the public.
The Star, of this afternoon, says that private information from experienced officers now in the vicinity of Vicksburgh, written as Gen. GRANT was about to commence the siege of that city, expressed the opinion that it would be the work of a week or two at least ere its reduction could be looked for.
REPORTS RECEIVED FROM CHICAGO.
CHICAGO, Thursday, May 28.
A special Cairo dispatch to Gen. LEE, of Kansas, confirms the report that two of the outer works of the enemy at Vicksburgh have been taken.
In Friday's attack on the fortifications the battle was very sanguinary. The National loss was severe. The rebels fought with great coolness and desperation, reserving their fire until our forces came within a murderous range.
The rebels, however, were driven back by main force into the last line of their intrenchments.
This was the situation on Friday evening, May 22.
Jackson, Miss., has been destroyed by the Federal force that occupied that place, and this force is now acting as a reinforcement to Gen. GRANT.
When the boat left on Saturday morning, our mortar-boats were throwing occasional shells into Vicksburgh.
We have captured the batteries both above and below the town.
REPORTS RECEIVED AT CAIRO.
CAIRO, Thursday, May 28.
The steamer Imperial arrived at Memphis Monday morning. From Capt. STEARNS, a passenger, we learn the following:
The fighting Friday was desperate. Gen. GRANT charged the fortifications and took some of them. The rebels rallied and retook them. There was much hand-to-hand fighting.
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Next to Gettysburg the Vicksburg Battlefield is my favorite to visit.
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A little filler about medals of honor given to soldiers from General Birney’s division, ten or twelve per regiment. If these are the same Congressional Medals of Honor, then it seems they were not as hard to earn or as exalted as they later became.
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