Chapter

The First Vicksburg Campaign

Barbara Brooks Tomblin

in The Civil War on the Mississippi

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2016 | ISBN: 9780813167039
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780813167817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813167039.003.0012
The First Vicksburg Campaign

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The Mississippi Squadron’s gunboats and tinclads moved up the Yazoo to prepare for an operation by Sherman’s troops against Chickasaw Bluffs, intended to draw rebel troops away from Vicksburg. The USS Cairo was sunk by “torpedoes,” or mines, in the river. Porter’s gunboats lent support to Sherman’s attack, but he failed to seize the bluffs. Grant’s communications to Columbus were severed by Bedford Forest’s men, and General Banks did not advance on Port Hudson. The combined plan of Sherman, Grant, and Porter to capture the “Gibraltar of the West” failed.

Keywords: General William T. Sherman; Thomas O. Selfridge; USS Cairo; USS Signal; USS Marmora; George Yost; Chickasaw Bluffs; Walter Fentress; Yazoo River

Chapter.  8733 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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