Vicksburg, 150 years later
During the closing days of the regular legislative session of 2011, all legislators received several emails and letters from Iowa members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. At issue was the need for funding for the restoration of the massive Iowa Monument at Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi.
During the summer of 2011, I drove to Vicksburg, and was appalled by the condition of the white granite structure, constructed by an act of the Iowa legislature in 1906, to commemorate the valor of Iowa soldiers from 38 Iowa infantry, three artillery and three cavalry regiments.
In total, Iowa had 55 combined regiments in the Civil War, with our men and boys playing a pivotal role in the taking of Vicksburg, which the Confederacy surrendered to General Grant on July 4, 1863. This July 4th shall be the 150th anniversary of the fall of Vicksburg, and its surrender to Major General Ulysses S. Grant.
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