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Illinois Holds the Key: The Vicksburg Campaign

August 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesdays, August 13 and 20  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm  |  Presenter: Mr. Robert Girardi  |  $24 ($30 for non-members)  |  Register Here

President Abraham Lincoln remarked, “Vicksburg is the key! The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.”  He recognized that control of the Mississippi River was a strategic goal for both sides during the Civil War and as the Confederate strongpoints between Cairo, Illinois, and New Orleans fell, one by one, Vicksburg and Port Hudson stood as the last remaining obstacles to Federal dominance of the river.

If we consider that to be true, then Illinois held that key. During the course of the campaign against Vicksburg, Illinois sent more men to fight than any other state. The forces from the Prairie State, numbering 36,325 made up fully 20% of Grant’s Army. Illinois sent 56 Infantry regiments, 10 cavalry regiments and 15 batteries to the campaign, a total of 79 units. Leadership in the campaign was also heavily represented by Illinois men. U.S. Grant, John A. McClernand, John A. Logan and a host of other Illinois officers facilitated the victory.

Whether it was leadership, manpower, supplies, or naval support, Illinois led the way to victory at Vicksburg.

Robert I. Girardi will discuss the important role that Illinois played in the Vicksburg Campaign in a two-part program that discusses the soldiers’ and leaders’ participation. Several battles and multiple personalities and events will be highlighted throughout the sessions.


August 13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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