#40 Bullets of Death Port Gibson, Mississippi May 1, 1863

Port Gibson, Miss. May 1, 1863


The steady barrage of bullets cut into the Southern troops and forced them back as General Grant gained control of Port Gibson this afternoon. The victory was hailed as a major success in the Northern camp as Grant hopes for the surrender of Vicksburg. Gaining control of the city has been the goal of the Union forces since last December. Several campaigns have been launched against the city by General Sherman & General Grant. Their failures have been a bitter disappointment to President Lincoln and the Federal government. The eyes of the nation are now on Grant as he presses his men onward to the city. High in spirits, the Union troops are eager for the taste of battle and promise a victory at Vicksburg.