Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 22, 1863 (Sunday): Flooding in Vicksburg

Historical Railroad Station at Vicksburg in 2011 (

VICKSBURG, February 22, 1863.
Richmond, Va.:
     Point opposite Vicksburg foot and a half under water. Levee and railroad alone visible. River at a stand with tendency to rise.

     M. L. SMITH,

Official Records, Series I., Vol. 52, Part 2, Page 425.

Martin Luther Smith spent most of his military career as a surveyor.  He built many of the defenses of Vicksburg and commanded engineering troops during their defense.  Here is notes the flooding at Vicksburg, which would be a continual tactical consideration during the campaign. 

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