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Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) to Stephen A. Hurlbut re: seige of Vicksburg

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07055 Author/Creator: Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) (1822-1885) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1863/05/31 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "Vicksburg is so strong by nature and so well fortified that...it must be taken by regular siege or by starving out the garrison. I have all the force necessary if my rear was not threatened...the entire rebel force heretofore against me are completely at my mercy. I do not want to see them escape by being reinforced from elsewhere."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union General, Union Forces, Battle of Vicksburg, Battle, Fortification, Confederate States of America, President

Sub Era: The American Civil War