How many people were on each side in the Battle of Vicksburg?
General Grant commanded about 77,000 men at the Siege of Vicksburg, and when the fortress city surrendered on 4 July 1863, a total of 29,495 Confederate troops became prisoners. Grant reluctantly allowed an exchange of prisoners including his Mexican-American War comrade, Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton, CSA who had commanded the Department of the Mississippi. The Confederates routinely gave a short count of their troop strength in battles, so the exact number of troops that the South had at the Siege remains unknown, but it may have been as many as 35,000. This defeat was a major turning point in the war, since it gave the North full control of the Mississippi River.
There were many Civil War battles in the Confederate State of Mississippi. Here as with most military historians, a siege is considered a battle. Here are 5 of the many battles in Mississippi: 1. First battle of Vicksburg. Union admiral demanded the surrender of Vicksburg and was met by a Confederate gunboat and canon fire from the forts and sped into retreat. 2. Battle of Tripoli 3. Battle of Meridian 4. Battle of Champion Hill…
It is generally agreed that over 3,000 Confederate soldiers died or were wounded during the Battle of Vicksburg in May to July of 1863, with under 1,000 killed and just over 2,000 wounded. The total Confederate losses for the battle should include the more than 29,000 soldiers who surrendered at its conclusion, although many of these would be paroled and continue the fight in later campaigns.