Was Vicksburg A Turning Point

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was a strategic masterpiece. With Confederate troops unclear of his purposes, Grant sent a part of his army under Gen. William T. Sherman to take the state capital, Jackson, while setting his sights on Vicksburg with the purpose of permanently closing the Confederate supply line. When early attacks on the city confirmed the strength of Vicksburg's defenses, the Union army was required to bombard the city. On July 4, 1863, after 46 days of digging trenches and lobbing hand grenades, confederate general John Pemberton's 30,000-man army conceded. Together with the Northern victory at Gettysburg, the seizure of Vicksburg marked the turning point in the war. It also made Grant the foremost leader in the Union army. Later that same year, Grant

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