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Chapter 5:

    • Vicksburg.
    • -- General McClernand's schemes. -- Grant's purposes. -- the lessons of a rebel raid. -- Grant and the secession women. -- McClernand's insubordination and braggadocio. -- the difficulties of operating against Vicksburg. -- Grant's persistency and resources. -- the canal, Lake Providence, and Yazoo pass. -- the country impatient. -- plots to remove him. -- President Lincoln's reply. -- the final and successful plan. -- opposition. -- Grant assumes the responsibility. -- brilliant operations. -- Jackson, Champion Hill, and the Big Black. -- the assault on Vicksburg, and the siege. -- strategy and vigor. -- Vicksburg reduced. -- Grant's interview with Pemberton.--“unconditional surrender” again. -- thirty thousand prisoners, and one hundred and seventy-two cannon. -- the public joy. -- President Lincoln's letter. -- General Halleck's Acknowledgment. -- Grant's modest dignity, and the sullen Discourtesy of rebels. -- Grant's confidence of success. -- his persistency dashes the hopes of a rebel woman. -- his unwearying labors and efforts. -- care for his troops. -- his well-earned reputation.

Vicksburg, which will be forever associated with the name of Grant, was the scene of achievements which confirmed him in the estimation of his country-men, and established his reputation as a general above the reach of the detractions of jealousy and misrepresentation. While Grant was engaged in defending his district of West Tennessee from the threatened invasion of the superior forces of the enemy, McClernand, who had been his subordinate, and was one of the political appointments which he had deprecated, was in Washington,

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