May, 1863: Union besieges Vicksburg

Arriving at Vicksburg, Grant launched two assaults against the Confederate lines (May 19 and May 22). After both assaults failed, Grant decided to lay siege to Vicksburg. After 47 days, Pemberton asked for terms of surrender on July 3 and surrendered his garrison on the Fourth of July.

Image:  As supplies dwindled in Vicksburg during the siege and throughout Mississippi, residents were forced to improvise for basic necessities.  This is an example of a candle made from a corn cob.

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