After the fall of Vicksburg on July 5, 1863, Lincoln declared, “Grant is my man and I am his the rest of the war” (McPherson, 638). Grant’s Vicksburg campaign remains one of the most studied in American military history. Students in History 288 should be able to explain why the months of maneuvering and the long siege are considered so pivotal. And those interested in reviewing some primary sources from the siege, should consult this post from Blog Divided.
We will also begin a period of study concerning the Gettysburg Campaign which culminated in early July 1863. The House Divided Project offers a number of resources about the campaign and the battle. There is the beginning of a major topic section here inside the research engine that includes a number of powerful images, maps, and newspaper articles. But students might find it more compelling to consult various posts at the Blog Divided, such as one about the Taylor Brothers from the First Minnesota. Isaac Taylor died on the second day of the battle. His brother Henry, also enrolled in the regiment, helped bury him. Or check out the dramatic story of Sam Wilkeson, a reporter for the New York Times, who was “embedded” with the Army of the Potomac and whose young son was a Union artillery officer killed on the first day of the battle. There is also a post directing students to an engaging online exhibit from the US Army on the battle.