Vicksburg surrender, good or bad for the confederates


Sergeant Major
Nov 12, 2016
The surrender at Vicksburg did not prevent cross river commerce or individual traffic. It did relieve the confederacy of trying to defend fixed positions vulnerable to combined US army/naval operations. Mobile was far more important to the confederacy than Vicksburg and the surrender freed the confederates to fight a mobile defense in the Alabama/ Mississippi theater. Note confederate forces in the theater didn't surrender at end of war until well after Lee/Johnston.


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Regtl. Quartermaster Shiloh 2020
May 7, 2016
After New Orleans fell, keeping the Miss river open was important as the areas of North Louisiana and Ark plus all the goods and troops from Texas as well as items that came into the Texas coast were very important. The fall of Vicksburg also saw the loss of almost 40,00 troops and all the weapons and ammo.

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