Sesquicentennial of Union defeat observed - - Jackson, MS

Sesquicentennial of Union defeat observed

The Vicksburg National Military Park observed a major milestone in Civil War history this weekend.

Saturday historians and Civil War enthusiasts toured various sites throughout the city associated with General William Sherman's unsuccessful Union assault on Vicksburg and the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou.

This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of the battle.

The Union troops attacked the Walnut Hills from December 26-29 in 1862.

There were 1776 union casualties.

One hundred 87 confederates were killed, wounded or listed as missing.

"The events of the past make us who were are today and we can not fully comprehend who we are as individuals or collectively as a people unless we examine our history to see what has molded us, how our institutions were formed and what are the values we as Americans have cultivated over the years," said retired Vicksburg National Military Park Historian Terry Winshel.

Sherman and his troops landed on the banks of the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg in an attempt to take the city and control the Mississippi River.

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