Re: Shelling Cities ; the Swamp Angel
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "gnrljejohnston"
> --- In email@example.com, "rbaquero@" <rbaquero@>
> > I'm still in shock regarding what happened in Vicksburg, the
> is that the city was surround by Gen Grant's army, shell for ** 47rats
> days ** the citizens had no watter, no food ( they were eating
> and dead horses ) etc, shells were falling every where ...stillcan't
> believe Grant did such outrage thing like that......If
> > - Raul
> If memory serves me correct, there were no civilians killed at VB.
> there were, it would be very few. Most of them evacuated theirhomes
> and took shelter in caves along the banks of the Mississippi.Thethat
> majority of the shelling was towards Confederate installations and
> fortifications. Their location was well known by the Union. As
> Sherman gave safe passage to the civilians in Atlanta, I believe
> Grant offered the same terms at VB. Whether the civilians tookat
> advantage of it, I do not know. If there were shelling primarily
> the homes of civilians, like in other cases, you would have alarge
> scale fire amongst them as a result. This was not the case. As afairy
> historian, one must separate the factual truth from myths and
> tales. Hollywood and television believe in the latter way tooThere are numerous civilian accounts of the seige of Vicksburg and
> often. That includes the History Channel.
civilians were most definitely killed and the township targeted.
See "Triumph and Defeat - The Vicksburg Campaign" by Terrence
Winschel, Cheif Historian at the Vicksburg NMP, "Vicksburg" by A.A.
Hoehling and "The Vicksburg Campaign, Vol 3, Unvexed to the Sea" by
These are not myths, Hollywood, or the History Channel by first hand
Civilians were not allowed passage out of Vicksburg by Grant - their
misery and starvation was a tool in the process of wearing down the
- I am interested as well.
Those purporting to be civilians exiting the city would have to be
interned and provided for as long as the siege lasts. This prevents
them from transmitting any intelligence they glean. This could become
quite burdensome and weighed against the potential of civilan
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Carl Williams" <carlw4514@...>
> I was hoping some one could shed some light on this; someone is right
> and someone is wrong. Either Grant allowed civilians to come out or he
> made them stay in and shelled them.
> > Civilians were not allowed passage out of Vicksburg by Grant -
> > misery and starvation was a tool in the process of wearing down the
> > army.