Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle of Vicksburg



On July 3, Lieutenant General Pemberton sent a note to Grant, who demanded unconditional surrender, in which no guarantees are given to the surrendering party. However, Grant later offered to parole all Confederate officers in the battle. He expected that the troops would be too demoralized and starving to fight for the Confederacy anymore. Grant did not want to be responsible for feeding and taking care of 30,000 men, or for transporting all the men back to their homes. Despite Grant's expectations, most of the men were exchanged back into the army and fought in several major battles later on in the war. On July 4, 1863, surrender was finalized by an old oak tree, on Independence Day. 

Picture: General Grant and his troops marching through Vicksburg

Union Casualties: 4,835 killed or wounded
Confederate Casualties: 3,202 killed or wounded; 29,495 men, 172 cannons, and 50,000 rifles captured 

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