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Re: [civilwarwest] the importance of Vicksburg

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  • ppcattyrph@aol.com
    During the secession crisis and early in the war, there was fear (only later found to be groundless) over rumblings in the states comprising the old Northwest
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 7, 2000
      During the secession crisis and early in the war, there was fear (only
      later found to be groundless) over rumblings in the states comprising the old
      Northwest territory that these states might secede due to the loss of the
      Mississippi River. These states needed the river for trade down to the Gulf
      coast. It was the foundation for transporting their goods and, thus, making
      a living. Both sides recognized this--the South hoping to keep those states
      fearful of supporting the Union or for their secession, the North realizing
      that reinstating such transportation was a goal of the Mississippi river
      campaign.
      It was more than merely splitting the Confederacy in half, it was holding
      the Union together. this made it both a union victory and a Southern defeat.
      regards,
      Peter Cohron
    • ppcattyrph@aol.com
      During the secession crisis and early in the war, there was fear (only later found to be groundless) over rumblings in the states comprising the old Northwest
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 7, 2000
        During the secession crisis and early in the war, there was fear (only
        later found to be groundless) over rumblings in the states comprising the old
        Northwest territory that these states might secede due to the loss of the
        Mississippi River. These states needed the river for trade down to the Gulf
        coast. It was the foundation for transporting their goods and, thus, making
        a living. Both sides recognized this--the South hoping to keep those states
        fearful of supporting the Union or for their secession, the North realizing
        that reinstating such transportation was a goal of the Mississippi river
        campaign.
        It was more than merely splitting the Confederacy in half, it was holding
        the Union together. this made it both a union victory and a Southern defeat.
        regards,
        Peter Cohron
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