Letter from Capt. William G. Nugent of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry to his wife.
Ulysses S. Grant’s Federal army is reduced following the capture of Vicksburg, despite Grant’s urgings that the next target should be Mobile.
Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederates abandon Jackson and central Mississippi as William T. Sherman’s superior Federal numbers close in on them.
Federal occupation forces complete the parole process at Vicksburg, establish medical relief, and regulate slave relations as news of the city’s capture reaches Washington.
William T. Sherman’s Federals approach the Mississippi capital of Jackson to confront General Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederate “Army of Relief.”
John C. Pemberton’s Confederates formally surrender on Independence Day, transferring the mighty stronghold of Vicksburg to Federal hands.