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Iowa's governor participates in Battle of Vicksburg commemoration

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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.

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