Iowa's governor participates in Battle of Vicksburg commemoratio - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Iowa's governor participates in Battle of Vicksburg commemoration

Posted: Updated:
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The 150th anniversary commemoration of the Siege of Vicksburg continued Saturday in the River City.

A rededication ceremony was held at the Iowa Memorial at the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad participated in a wreath laying ceremony.

Branstad said during the Civil War about 13% of Iowa's population fought to help preserve the union.

On May 19, 1863 Union General Ulysses S. Grant attempted to take Vicksburg by force.

The Confederate Army led by General John Pemberton held defenses.

"Iowa soldiers made a significant contribution to the success of the Union Army and capturing this city, and that was critically important and really kind of turned the tide of the Civil War," said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

"This campaign is studied today by every military in the world, a year and a half and at the end of the day Grant's strategy was the master of indirection," said former MS Governor Haley Barbour.

Vicksburg was under siege until July 3, 1863 when Pemberton surrendered to Grant.

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man killed in exchange of fire with deputy identified

    Man killed in exchange of fire with deputy identified

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:18:06 GMT
    The Stone County man who was killed Monday after exchanging fire with a Sheriff's deputy has been identified.More >>
    The Stone County man who was killed Monday after exchanging fire with a Sheriff's deputy has been identified. Stone County Coroner Wayne Flurry said William Peyton Ayers, 46, died as a result of gunshot wounds to his chest and torso area.More >>
  • First responders ask Diamondhead residents to mark homes

    First responders ask Diamondhead residents to mark homes

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:54:05 GMT
    It's not a problem exclusive to Diamondhead, but residents who fail to post their addresses on their homes and mail boxes are making it tough for first responders to find them during times of emergency.More >>
    It's not a problem exclusive to Diamondhead, but residents who fail to post their addresses on their homes and mail boxes are making it tough for first responders to find them during times of emergency. As WLOX News found out, Diamondhead's unique street names only compound the problem.More >>
  • Skatepark to become a soundstage; Rollergirls left 'homeless'

    Skatepark to become a soundstage; Rollergirls left 'homeless'

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:52:09 GMT
    Plans are in the works to turn the Harrison County Skatepark on Debuys Rd. into a soundstage for film production. But the impending deal means the Mississippi Rollergirls will have to find a new home.More >>
    Plans are in the works to turn the Harrison County Skatepark on Debuys Road into a soundstage for film production. But the impending deal means the Mississippi Rollergirls will have to find a new place to practice.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.