Siege of Vicksburg


May 18-July 4, 1863

Other Names:



Vicksburg, Mississippi

Key Individuals Involved in the Siege of Vicksburg:

Union: Major General Ulysses S. Grant
Confederate: Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton


Union Victory. 19,233 casualties of which 10,142 were Union soldiers.

Significance of the Siege of Vicksburg:

With the loss of Pemberton’s army and this vital stronghold on the Mississippi, the Confederacy was effectively split in half.

Grant's successes in the West boosted his reputation, leading ultimately to his appointment as General-in-Chief of the Union armies.

Overview of the Battle:

In May and June of 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s armies converged on Vicksburg, investing the city and entrapping a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton. On July 4, Vicksburg surrendered after prolonged siege operations. This was the culmination of one of the most brilliant military campaigns of the war.
Source: CWSAC Battle Summaries