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Civil War Battles

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 1, 2021

While Gettysburg remains the most famous battle of the Civil War, Vicksburg should not be overlooked in importance. Both were fought over the days surrounding July 4 in 1863; Minnesotans fought heroically in both; and both were turning points in the war. 

Gettysburg stopped the momentum of the Confederacy in Pennsylvania; Vicksburg severed the Confederacy’s use of the Mississippi River.

Paintings of these events are located in the Governor's Reception Room, Minnesota State Capitol, Saint Paul. 1905-1915.

One is  "Fourth Minnesota Regiment Entering Vicksburg, July 4, 1863" by Francis Davis Millet; the other is the “Battle of Gettysburg” by Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum.

Learn more about these two battles here.