July 4, 1863: Vicksburg Falls 150 Years Ago

On July 4, 1863, the Army of the Tennessee entered Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Entering Vicksburg 4 July 1863


Some 30,000 Confederate soldiers were paroled. That number exceeds the number of Confederates lost during the fighting at Gettysburg.

Ulysses S. Grant got a somewhat cold reception when he met Confederate commander John C. Pemberton.

Grant Pemberton July 4


However, the greeting he received from his own men was somewhat warmer.

Grant in Vicksburg 1