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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.
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.

[Captions]
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 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 Vicksburg Campaign Marker looking north on Adams Lane. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. The Vicksburg Campaign Marker looking north on Adams Lane.
the two opposing armies of the Vicksburg Campaign.

 
Erected by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
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. Touch for map. Located just north of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Marker is at or near this postal address: Adams Lane, Edwards MS 39066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Coker House and the Battle of Champion Hill (here, next to this marker); Architecture and Renovations (here, next to this marker); A Refugee Family (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); A Narrow Escape (within shouting distance of this marker); Lloyd Tilghman (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Champion Hill (approx. 2 miles away). 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.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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