Midpoint of the War: May to July 1863

Gettysburg: The Third Day

Would that be in time?

Pemberton and his men were on the edge of outright starvation. Thousands of civilians were living in caves cut along the riverbank. The endless noise from Grant’s cannon and the mortars of Admiral David Dixon Porter’s fleet were driving people crazy. No, July 8 was not in time.

Completely cut off and isolated in Vicksburg, General John Pemberton’s men were literally starving and he had little choice but to surrender to Grant.


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