The turning point

The turning point
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  • Union Army Takes Control of the Mississippi River
  • We need to take Vicksburg for control of the Mississippi!
  • The March to Vicksburg
  • We will go around the river. You distract them. Destroy anything of value!
  • The Siege of Vicksburg
  • They've been under siege for 6 weeks! How much longer can they go?
  • The Union had begun to take control over major cities in the South, and more importantly, the Mississippi River. Admiral David G. Farragut captured New Orleans and took control of the Mississippi River Delta. General Ulysses S. Grant took control of the Mississippi as far down as Memphis. There was one city that remained that would cut the Confederacy in two, Vicksburg.
  • A New General
  • McClellan, you are out! Burnside, Get in there and destroy the south!
  • Vicksburg was on the east side of the Mississippi River. Grant decided to march his troops around the city on the west side of the river to attack from the south. As a distraction, Grant had Colonel Benjamin Grierson take 1,700 and tear anything of military value like railroads, depots, and other buildings.
  • Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville
  • When they returned back onto the east side of the river, Grant pushed Confederate forces back into their defenses at Vicksburg, causing 7,200 casualties. After launching two failed attacks on Vicksburg, Grant put the city under siege. After 6 weeks, the Confederate forces surrendered.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
  • President Lincoln was frustrated with General McClellan's Victory at Antietam because Lincoln thought they could have done more to destroy the Confederates. Lincoln fired McClellan and gave command to General Ambrose Burnside. Lincoln wanted a general who was not afraid of Confederate General Lee. He urged Burnside to push into the south.
  • Burnside ordered a series of attacks on Fredericksburg, which failed and cause more than 12,000 Union casualties. Lincoln replace Burnside with General Joseph Hooker. Hooker formed a plan in which he would separate his troops and have some sneak up on the Confederate lines. Realizing this, Lee split his troops too, to stop the Union. Lee's troops attacked Hooker's in a forest near Chancellorsville. Lee's forces repeatedly won battles. Hooker eventually decided to retreat.
  • After weakening the forces at Chancellorsville, Lee decided to invade the North again. His troops took many Union supplies. After Hooker failed to stop Lee, Lincoln replaced him with General George Meade. Meade immediately went to stop Lee. Both forces met a Gettysburg.
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