Battle of Vicksburg: End
Summary: The Union hordes flooded down the Mississippi like spring time rains out of the snowcapped Yankee mountain ranges. Gen. Jackson deftly manuevered his forces to lure the reckless boys in blue into a trap. Using the swampy ground around the river to restrict the Union's advance, he was able to dig in and repulse the Federal's decisively. Casualties were heavy on both sides, due primarily to misinterpreted orders that left all of the Confederate artillery out of the fighting. Gen. Jackson, smelling the Federal defeat in the air, launched a broad-based counteroffensive which resulted in the destruction of a Union artillery battery and the capture of a Yankee cavalry brigade that was covering the cowardly retreat. Total casualties amount to 14,024 crying Yankees killed, wounded, and captured; and 9177 brave boys in butternut who made the ultimate sacrifice for independence. We also captured from the battlefield 3 brigades of Springfields, 1 brigade of Whitworths, 1 brigade of Minie rifles, 1 brigade of Lieges, and 1 brigade of the highly coveted Spencer repeaters.
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