The Extraordinary Story of the Battle of
By coincidence or perhaps an omen, the next day happened to be July 4th, known as Americas Independence Day. It was on July 4th, 1776 that the first 13 colony states formally broke away from Great Britain and formed a new nation called the United States of America. In perhaps another omen that the United States should be one country, this same day, the Confederate stronghold and gateway to the west, the city of Vicksburg, MS fell to a Union general, who 2 years later, would accept the surrender of General Lee and Confederate forces at Appomattox, VA. That General - Ulysses S. Grant. Picture left: Declaration of Independence. Picture right: General Grant.
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