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THE SIEGE OF VICKSBURG: A Somewhat Protracted Siege Considered Probable; GREAT HOPES OF JOE JOHNSTON (5/29/1863)
New York Times - Times Machine ^ | 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.


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.


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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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: civilwar
Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1861-1865: Seminar and Discussion Forum
The American Civil War, as seen through news reports of the time and later historical accounts

First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: May 2025.
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1 posted on 05/29/2023 6:06:53 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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2 posted on 05/29/2023 6:08:37 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation gets the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: chajin; henkster; CougarGA7; BroJoeK; central_va; Larry Lucido; wagglebee; Colonel_Flagg; Amagi; ...

The Siege of Vicksburg: A Somewhat Protracted Siege Considered Probable – 2
The Latest Rebel Reports: A Cessation of Cannonading on Sunday Morning – 2-3
A Colored Regiment: The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Regiment in the Field – 3
The War in Kentucky: The Threatened Rebel Invasion – 3
News from Washington: Our Special Washington Dispatches – 3-4
Editorial: The Siege of Vicksburgh – 4
Editorial: Cotton, and How to Get It – 4-5
Editorial: The Peterhoff Question – 5
A Waste of Labor – 5
The Streets – 5
From San Francisco: Sale of the Condemned Schooner Chapman – 5
Promotions in New-York Regiments – 5
Five-Twenties – 5

3 posted on 05/29/2023 6:09:20 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation gets the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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Next to Gettysburg the Vicksburg Battlefield is my favorite to visit.

4 posted on 05/29/2023 6:40:09 AM PDT by hardspunned (Former DC GOP globalist stooge)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

What a great scene from the movie “Glory” of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment marching through Boston.

5 posted on 05/29/2023 7:05:22 AM PDT by C19fan
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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.

6 posted on 05/29/2023 10:08:20 AM PDT by rxh4n1
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