Victors Marching Into Town

On Independence Day, July 4, 1863, Grant" s troops marched into Vicksburg. This newspaper illustration shows the U.S. flag flying over the Vicksburg courthouse, the town's tallest landmark. This western Union victory followed by one day the Northern army's success at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Historians consider these back-to-back Union victories the beginning of the end for the Confederate war effort.

Steel grenade jacket

Steel grenade jacket

Stiff paper to stabilize fins

Lightweight wood stem

Stiff paper to stabilize fins

Lightweight wood stem

Detonation plunger plate exploded the grenade.

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