Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The “Vicksburg Cut-Off”

The Plan adopted by Brigadier General Williams, last fall, of cutting off Vicksburg from the Banks of the Mississippi by making a diversion in the channel of that river appears likely to be carried out most effectually by the operations of nature. The rise in the river is widening and deepening the artificial channel or cut of Gen. Williams, to such an extent as to alarm the citizens of Vicksburg lest they should find themselves in an inland town before next spring. It is thought that the course of the Mississippi will be so changed at this point in a few months that vessels of the largest class can go through the new channel and navigate the river without passing Vicksburg at all. – Peoria Mail.

– Published in the Stark County News, Toulon, Illinois, January 22, 1863

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