Confederate President Jefferson Davis tries to regroup after the disastrous loss of the Mississippi River, which includes consoling John C. Pemberton for having surrendered his army at Vicksburg.
John C. Pemberton’s Confederates formally surrender on Independence Day, transferring the mighty stronghold of Vicksburg to Federal hands.
The Confederate soldiers and residents under siege in Vicksburg are on the verge of being starved into submission.
Ulysses S. Grant’s Federals tighten their grip around Vicksburg as the starving Confederates under constant bombardment look for either relief or surrender.
The soldiers and civilians besieged in Vicksburg endure severe hardships as the Confederate high command argue how best to save the army.
Ulysses S. Grant’s Federals strengthen their grip around the Confederates in Vicksburg by the day, while the tedium of the siege leads to one of the biggest scandals of the war.