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The North wanted to cut the Confederacy in half at the Mississippi River, and only the  fortress city of Vicksburg blocked their move. After a bloody battle outside the city, Grant  settled in for a siege. On July 3, 1863, the Confederate commander asked for terms of  surrender; Grant issued his trademark reply: "unconditional surrender." The surrender of  the city, coming at the same time as the decisive battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania,  helped turn the tide of the war against the Confederacy and made Grant a household  name. Although critics questioned Grant's relentless pursuit of the enemy at any cost,  Lincoln said, "I cannot spare this man, he fights." Grant became commander of all the Union armies and soon set about a grueling  campaign to wear down the Confederates. After years of skirmishes and minor  engagements in Virginia, he began a yearlong battle that would exhaust 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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