Vicksburg was the last major Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. The Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4, 1863) was the final major military action on the Mississippi River in the American Civil War.
The Vicksburg terrain and fortifications made Confederate defenses nearly impregnable. The defensive line around Vicksburg ran approximately 6.5 miles, based on terrain of varying elevations that included hills and knobs with steep angles for an attacker to ascend under fire. The perimeter included many gun pits, forts, trenches, redoubts, and lunettes.
The Union forces initially tried to take the city, but eventually quit that effort and simply waited for the siege to do its work.
This week, the state mandated third grade reading test scores were released, and the results in the Delta are disappointing. We are launching a “prayer siege” for the schools to run May 18-July 4.
Our Father in heaven,
We thank You that the United States of America is one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Are not the students in the Mississippi Delta part of this great nation? We proclaim that they, too, are under God. Amen.