VicksburgWe are presenting the fourth talk in a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on Thursday, August 8th, at 6 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street in downtown Northfield.

The Vicksburg Campaign was a battle for the Gibraltar of the mighty Mississippi. Vicksburg was a heavily fortified city that controlled commerce on the Mississippi. Grant used a series of military diversions to confuse the enemy and conceal his true intentions. Grant took great risks, cutoff his own supply lines and fought more battles in the shortest period of time to encircle the enemy at Vicksburg. On July 4th 1863 the beleaguered city fell to General Grant and led to later promotions and command of all Union forces.

Jim Stark, a student of the Civil War, will present the Vicksburg Campaign: The Battle for the Gibraltar of the West.

The program starts at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.