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Near Edwards in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Vicksburg Campaign

 
 
The Vicksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
1. The Vicksburg Campaign Marker
Inscription.  "Vicksburg is the key," said President Abraham Lincoln. "The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."

The United States government had to control the lower Mississippi River in order to move agricultural products to world markets, to split the South and sever its supply lines. In the spring of 1863, Major General Ulysses S. Grant launched the Army of the Tennessee on a series of maneuvers and battles to pocket Vicksburg and end the war.

"The most brilliant campaign ever fought on American soil" involved deception and counter- intelligence, rapid marches, naval actions, a large-scale amphibious crossing, and fighting in difficult terrain and harsh climate. Grant's invading force brought war to the interior of the Deep South and eventually captured Vicksburg and an entire Confederate army, re-opening the Mississippi River.

In the Vicksburg campaign region,visitors will encounter some of the most varied and difficult terrain of any military campaign. Some of the sites and nearby roadways have changed little since the Civil War. At several sites along the way, and at the Vicksburg National Military Park, interpretation is provided.

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Top left:
One Battle, Two Names
Sometimes a Civil War battle was called by two names—one used by northerners the other by southerners. Above is a Union map of
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the battle of Champion Hill, with the Confederate below.
Bottom right:
Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA, (far left) and Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton, CSA, (left) commanded the two opposing armies of the Vicksburg Campaign.

 
Erected by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 32° 18.243′ N, 90° 33.713′ W. Marker is near Edwards, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on Adams Lane near State Route 467, on the left when traveling south. Located just north of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Adams Lane, Edwards MS 39066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Coker House and the Battle of Champion Hill (here, next to this marker); Architecture and Renovations (here, next to this marker); 1863 Vicksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Indecision! Indecision! Indecision!/A Prompt Concentration of Our Forces (here, next to this marker); A Refugee Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Duel (within shouting distance of this marker); Chicago Mercantile Battery - Artillery in the Yard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Death of General Tilghman (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Vicksburg Campaign. (Submitted on November 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
The Vicksburg Campaign Marker looking north on Adams Lane. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. The Vicksburg Campaign Marker looking north on Adams Lane.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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