Battle of Vicksburg Timeline (June 24th, 1862 - July 4th, 1863)


The taking of Vicksburg was a long and bloody process but the city eventually fell to General Grant and his forces.

There are a total of (22) Battle of Vicksburg Timeline (June 24th, 1862 - July 4th, 1863) events in the CivilWarTimeline.net database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events are also included for perspective.

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UNION VICTORY
COMMAND(S):
Ulysses S. Grant
ARMY FORCE(S):
Army of the Tennessee
STRENGTH:
77,000 men
CASUALTIES*:
4,910 men (6.4%)


* Includes killed, wounded, and missing.
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COMMAND(S):
John C. Pemberton
ARMY FORCE(S):
Army of Mississippi
STRENGTH:
33,000 men
CASUALTIES*:
32,363 men (98.1%)


* Includes killed, wounded, and missing.
FORCE STRENGTH
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CASUALTIES COMPARISON
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Day-by-Day Timeline of Events


June 24, 1862

Construction on a canal is started by Union engineers along the Mississippi River near heavily-defended Vicksburg. General Thomas Williams directs.

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June 28, 1862

Union Navy boats pass under the guns of Vicksburg to reach friendly forces up the Mississippi River.

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July 15, 1862

Confederate warship CSS Arkansas engages Union ships north of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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December 25, 1862

Union forces destroy the railway network at Vicksburg, Mississippi accessing both Louisiana and Texas.

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December 26, 1862

Union forces are beaten back at Chickasaw Bayou in Vicksburg, Mississippi. This two-day engagement marks the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou. Again, a much smaller Confederate force bests a larger Union army. The battle spans into December 29th.

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January 30, 1863

General Ulysses S. Grant assumes command of Union forces near Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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March 8, 1863

The under-construction Union canal at Vicksburg, Mississippi is flooded out due to a levee break.

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March 14, 1863

Steele's Bayou Expedition is begun. The operation sees a combined Union force directed by General Grant and Rear Admiral Porter attempt to reach the rear of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The expedition would last until March 27th.

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March 27, 1863

Union forces attempting to reach Vickerburg's rear are repulsed as part of Steele's Bayou Expedition. Union leaders included General Grant and Admiral Porter.

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April 17, 1863

Union Navy boats attempt to bypass the guns of Vicksburg through night time voyages.

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May 1, 1863

Union troops are victorious at Port Gibson in Mississippi.

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May 3, 1863

General Grant arrives at Grand Gulf, Mississippi near Vicksburg.

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May 7, 1863

General Grant departs the Grand Gulf, Mississippi region.

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May 17, 1863

Confederate forces are pushed back over Big Black River in Mississippi.

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May 19, 1863

The Confederate defenders at Vicksburg (Mississippi) repel a Union push.

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May 22, 1863

General Grant attempts, and fails, to take Vicksburg in a second offensive.

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May 23, 1863

Vicksburg, Mississippi is besieged by Union forces.

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May 27, 1863

The guns of Vicksburg aid in the sinking of USS Cincinnati.

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June 25, 1863

Despite an attempt by Union engineers to destroy the Vicksburg defenses from below, Vicksburg remains under Confederate control.

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July 1, 1863

Union engineers attempt a second demolition of Union defenses at Vicksburg, Mississippi. This attempt also fails to make progress.

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July 4, 1863

Vicksburg, Mississippi finally surrenders to General Grant and his Union forces. Some 30,000 prisoners are granted release with the promise not to engage the Union militarily again.

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March 5, 1864

With the Meridian Campaign completed, General Sherman makes his return to Union-held Vicksburg in Mississippi.

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