Part of the National Park Civil War Series.The Mississippi River dissects the heartland of the nation, flowing from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Near its southern terminus lay the strategic port city of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The Union envisioned using its superior naval power to strangle the South economically by blockading this and other southern ports. U.S. Grant's victorious campaign at Vicksburg made him a national hero and would pave the way for the Union's ultimate victory in the western theater of the war. Southerners were left to wonder if their dream of independence had received a mortal blow.
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