Today In History- April 16

Today In History- April 16


Siege of Vicksburg – ships led by Union Admiral David Dixon Porter move through heavy Confederate artillery fire.

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Vicksburg siege splits Confederacy in half.

  • Vicksburg, Mississippi

On Apr. 16, 1863, Union forces under the command of Admiral David Dixon Porter finally broke through the Confederate artillery line to take the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi.  The Siege of Vicksburg, as it would later be called, allowed the Union to gain control of the crucial military supply line on the Mississippi River.  The Confederate Army was severely weakened by the Siege, especially the townspeople who were isolated without food and supplies as a result of the blockade.

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