The Yankees Are Coming -- Again!
By Morgan Gates
One hundred fifty-five years ago Vicksburg was the center of world attention. Earlier in the year, President Lincoln was making daily walks to the telegraph office to check on the progress of Grant's attempts to bypass Vicksburg. By April Grant himself had given up on these efforts and given his 13th Corps commander the task of building a road through the swamps down the west side of the Mississippi. On the moonless night of April 16th, 1863, a fleet of Navy Ironclads and Army transports had run the guns of Vicksburg. The Army of The Tennessee was in the process of moving south of the City to attempt a crossing of the Mississippi. Everybody knew the Yankees were coming! This July 4th, 2018 they will be coming – again!
The first Annual Vicksburg Civil War Symposium will be your chance to meet these legendary men of American History portrayed by the nations best living historians scheduled to appear are:
Major General Ulysses S. Grant (Curt Fields) – The commander of the Army of The Tennessee that besieged Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863 Grant was one of the most Iconic generals in American History. His is the classic American story, rising from humble beginnings and surviving a string of professional setbacks that would have humbled a lesser man. The surrender of Vicksburg sets him on a path into the history books as the man who won the war. If that was not enough, he served two terms as President and his memoirs became one the bestsellers of the 19th century.
Major General William T. Sherman (Dean Cass Jr.) – The man who made Georgia howl did his dress rehearsal in Mississippi, transforming Jackson Mississippi into Chimney Ville. Sherman was Grant’s best friend and right hand man. At Vicksburg he commanded the 15th corps he attacked Vicksburg in the winter of 1862 at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou and again on May 19th and 22nd 1863.
Major General James McPherson (Scott Thomas) – promoted to Major General at Corinth for bravery he was Grant’s 17th Corps Commander at Vicksburg he fought the Battle of Raymond and anchored Grant’s center during the siege. His stellar performance caused him to rocket up the ranks, he was killed in action in 1864 the highest ranking Union officer to die in the war.
Major General Henry Halleck (Richard Weil) – Grant’s immediate superior during the Vicksburg Campaign. His relationship with Grant was somewhat rocky during the early part of the war.
Major General Henry Slocum (David Bonham) – A hero of the Battle of Gettysburg he was the military commander of Vicksburg in the summer of 1864.
Brigadier General Rufus Ingalls (Mike Trapasso) – while not a key player in the Vicksburg Campaign Rufus Ingalls was a key player in the Civil War as a whole. He was the chief quartermaster of the Army of the Potomac in the summer of 1862 and in the summer of 1864 Lt. General U.S. Grant made him quartermaster of the entire Federal Army.
---Oh, the Confederacy will be well represented as well, but more on that later