Siege of Vicksburg begins 150 years ago today (1863)

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(Monday, May 18, 1863; part of the Vicksburg Campaign in the American Civil War) — Union General Ulysses S. Grant today surrounded Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. The forces under Confederate Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton would hold out until July 4, 1863.

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