#48 Smashing the Enemy Champions Hill, Mississippi July 4, 1863


Champion's Hill, Miss. July 4, 1863

REBEL FORCES LOSE CHAMPION'S HILL

The South was defeated at Champion's Hill after one of the bloodiest sieges of the war. Northern fighters kept up a steady barrage of men and bullets which finally succeeded in overpowering the Confederates. Trying in vain to protect themselves, the South set up one last stronghold on top of the hill and attempted to blast everything that attacked. For a while at appeared that the Confederates could keep destroying the Northern soldiers as soon as they charged. But the Union's continuous offensive force jammed the Southern machinery to a stand-still and brought about its defeat. The one-time mighty Army of General Pemberton was in the hands of the Union. The South was in trouble.