Portrait of John C. Pemberton

Key facts about Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton’s surrendered the city of Vicksburg and the Confederate garrison defending it to Major General Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863. [Wikimedia Commons]

Surrender at Vicksburg - Facts

July 4, 1863

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Date and Location

  • July 4, 1863
  • Vicksburg, Mississippi

Campaign

Principal Union Commander

Principal Confederate Commander

Union Forces Involved

  • Army of the Tennessee

Confederate Forces Involved

  • Army of Vicksburg
  • Vicksburg garrison

Significance

Combined with Major General George G. Meade’s victory at Gettysburg (July 3), Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s retreat from Middle Tennessee at the conclusion of Major General William S. Rosecrans’ highly successful Tullahoma Campaign (July 3), and Major General Benjamin Prentiss’ triumph over Confederate troops in Arkansas at the Battle of Helena (July 4), Grant’s victory at Vicksburg completed the darkest two days in Confederate military history.

Timeline of the Vicksburg Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Vicksburg Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Surrender at Vicksburg - Facts
  • Coverage July 4, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords vicksburg, pemberton, grant
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 28, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 14, 2021
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