|I think Vicksburg was pretty important for a few things. It was a symbol of Confederate defiance on the Mississippi River. It was considered by some to be impregnable..."the South's Gibralter." It was also important in getting goods and supplies shipped from West to East in the Confederacy.
The Mississippi was very important to the country before the war. I think it was probably one of the reasons we went to war with each other. Gaining control over it along with the Tennessee River really doomed the Confederacy in the west. As was mentioned the North used the rivers to resupply their troops along with reinforcing armies. WHen Vicksburg fell the same day as Gettysburg was decided, it really spread doom across the south. It also obviously made it much harder in moving supplies out of Texas to the eastern Confederacy.
Last edited on Fri Jan 20th, 2012 10:11 am by BHR62