Monday, July 15, 2013

150-years-ago -- THE FALL OF VICKSBURG

The Richmond Daily Dispatch 
July 14, 1863
Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Lee
(Library of Congress)

Though no official dispatches have
announced it, the fact seems now to
be certain that Vicksburg fell by the
starvation of its garrison. The men
had been without food for three days.
After the surrender, in marching to
stack their arms numbers of them
staggered like drunken men from the
effects of starvation and fatigue.
For two weeks, says an officer who
came from the city, they had been
living on mule meat and bread made
of peas; and yet, he added, if it had
been known that relief would have 
come they would still have held out. 
The privates who have arrived at Jackson,
Miss., speak in the highest terms of Gen.
Pemberton. They say they went into 
the fortifications prejudiced against him, 
but that no man could have done more to defend
the city than he did. It is stated by officers
 that all the officers in the city concurred in 
advising Pemberton to surrender.
About 200 of the paroled prisoners, including 
Brig Gen. Stephen D. Lee, have arrived at 
Jackson. The Yankees were led to believe
 that if they took Vicksburg the war was ended,
and they could all go home, and they would remark to our
troops, "well, boys, we can all go home now.".

Fall of Port Hudson.
The following dispatch was received at the War
Department yesterday: Mobile, July13, 1863.
Gen'l Cooper A. and I. G.:
The New Orleans Era. of the 19th announces
the unconditional surrender of Port Hudson
at 7 o'clock on the 9th inst.

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