The Vicksburg Campaign and Siege
— Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Parker Hills —In April of 1861, rumors of Civil War became a reality at Charleston harbor when Fort Sumter was fired upon by Southern forces. Many leaders, both North and South, believed that a dash to capture the opposing side's capital city would bring a quick political end to the war. But Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were Western-born men and realized that the Mississippi River, king of the waterways, was a geographic key to victory. It was the River that meandered southward for 2,320 miles and delivered commerce and prosperity to the vast interior region. As the River bordered the state of Mississippi for over 600 strategic miles, it was only a matter of time before the Magnolia State would become a battleground for control of the Lower Mississippi River Valley.
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|Date Added||Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 742791 N 3572121|
|Decimal Degrees||32.25955000, -90.42265000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 15.573', W 90° 25.359'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 15' 34.38" N, 90° 25' 21.54" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 108 E Main St, Raymond MS 39154, US|
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