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Press Coverage of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, May-November 1863

The Siege of Vicksburg and the Battle of Gettysburg decided the fate of the Southern armies, and ultimately the Confederate nation. Gettysburg went down in history as the best remembered of the two events. But during the war, newspapers in America and around the world referenced them about the same number of times, according to analysis of available publications on The timeline begins on May 18, 1863, the day before the first of two failed assaults against Vicksburg’s defenses (May 19 and May 22) prompted Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to besiege the place. It ends Nov, 30, 1863, less than two weeks after President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.

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