Thursday, November 7, 2013

Diary of Alexander G. Downing: Monday, January 5, 1863

A report came to camp that the forces under Sherman made an unsuccessful attack upon Vicksburg.2 We are shut out of communications now as well as of provisions; we have had no mail for a month.

2 They failed because of the strong fortifications and the fact that Grant failed to make his attack in the rear of Vicksburg at the same time, as planned. — A. G. D.

Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 91

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