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Unformatted text preview: On May 22, 1863, a daylong direct attack on the breastworks of the city failed to yield results. Grant lost 3,200 men, far more than his opponent, but his strategy began to emergea strategy that no other Union general could ever stomach, but one that would eventually lead to victory. Grant knew that he had more men to lose than his enemy, and was not afraid to wear down his opponents with brutal assault after brutal assault. He settled in for a siege. On July 3, 1863, another of Grant's old West Point friends, John Bowen, arrived at camp to negotiate a surrender for the city. Again, Grant offered no terms and said he would only accept "unconditional surrender." The next daya day after the battle of Gettysburg ended in PennsylvaniaVicksburg capitulated. After two long, bloody years, the tide had finally turned in favor of the Union side. Grant was a long, bloody years, the tide had finally turned in favor of the Union side....
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