Grant became aware of the plan1

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Grant became aware of the plan in November 1862 and reshuffled his staff before  heading his army down into Mississippi. Grant put William T. Sherman, another of his  generals, in command of a second prong of the attack, hoping that Sherman could beat  McClernand to the punch. An initial attack on Vicksburg by Sherman failed, and the  armies soon set up winter camp just over the Louisiana border. Lincoln sent a  newspaperman to spy on Grant that winter to see if the general was actually worthy of  command–and the spy quickly became one of Grant's biggest supporters. Grant, realizing he could probably take Vicksburg from the north, set about digging  trenches and dredging new rivers that could move the troops south of the city. In April, a  flotilla of Navy gunboats, under heavy fire, ran the blockade at Vicksburg to come to  Grant's assistance. Now under Grant's control, McClernand and Sherman crossed the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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