The battle of Vicksburg
My only quibble is with the end of the video, where they talk about the need to recognize and celebrate and remember the sacrifices made by both sides. **** that. On one side was the United States. On the other side was an armed insurrection, fueled by racial hate. This persistent desire to romanticize the South (I prefer not to recognize them as a nation by calling them the Confederacy) is just... ugly. It's nothing new. But it's ugly.
My parents were from Mississippi and Georgia respectively so I grew up thinking the South were the good guys until I got old enough to know better.
As you mentioned Vicksburg falling and Lee's failed attempt to threaten Washington DC and force Lincoln to sue for peace ending at Gettysburg were pretty much the end of Southern victories and made the final outcome inevitable.
Had the city fallen Lincoln would have just gone to Philadelphia or New York. In fact I think he was advised to do so several times even with the city secure but he refused. Without Vicksburg though it was a matter of time no matter what. Occupy Washington or not, the South was doomed.
Lee was a brilliant battlefield commander but his grasp of warfare as a whole -- on the scale of an entire theater of war -- was somewhat more limited. Grant's ability to think in those terms is what made him so effective. Not to mention he also had substantial advantages in supplies and manpower. It was thanks to those two advantages that he was able to end the war so quickly once he got to the East to face Lee.
Last edited by fishfanmiami; 06-12-2014 at 05:54 PM.
I never found the western war that interesting.
I live not to far from Vicksburg, we took quite a few trips to the park in high school. I'm teathering with my phone's wifi so i can't stream the video and i'm not sure if it mentions it but the city of Vicksburg didn't celebrate fourth of July until after ww1 or ww2 can't quite remember, always thought that was pretty insane. When we covered the Civil War in junior high I actually had a teacher that grew up in Illinois teaching the material so it made it interesting.
My mom was from Pontotoc Miss.