Battle of Vicksburg – Sunset Hills Historical Society – May 22

The May 22 meeting of the Sunset Hills Historical Society will feature a presentation focused on the Civil War and the Battle of Vicksburg by Park Ranger Shawn Williams.

“May 22nd was actually the day that Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant made an attack against the Confederate lines at Vicksburg that convinced him to resort to siege tactics,” explained Williams. “Once Vicksburg fell it split the Confederacy in two, allowing the Union to control the Mississippi River and use it for transportation and supplies.”

“Vicksburg was happening simultaneously to the Battle at Gettysburg, at opposite ends of the country, which created the turning point in the war,” added Williams.

Please join us in welcoming Ranger Shawn Williams and hearing this fascinating narration.  The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at the Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.  See you then!