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8688Re: Understanding Vicksburg

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  • Dave Smith
    Nov 26, 2001
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      --- In civilwarwest@y..., carlw4514@y... wrote:
      > well, Dave, that's something, I thought you would say it wouldn't
      > be
      > as bad as Chatanooga pre-cracker line. It's really something to sit
      > here and think that the whole campaign could have turned into some
      > kind of quagmire; the success of it was essential to Union war aims
      > IMHO.

      Indeed. Of course it's all speculation, since it didn't happen, but
      one wonders what the course of events would have been had Grant found
      himself at Grand Gulf, on the wrong side of the Big Black River, on
      May 21.


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