This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on the American Civil War - The Siege of Vicksburg and the Battle of the Crater. Both presentations together number 38 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
For many months Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee had been trying to wrest away the strategic Confederate river fortress of Vicksburg, MS. Previous direct attempts to take this important town were blocked by rebel counter moves and some of the most difficult terrain in the entire Western theater.
In April 1863, Grant undertook a new and bold campaign against Vicksburg and the Confederate defenders under John Pemberton. After conducting a surprise landing below Vicksburg at Bruinsburg, Grant’s forces moved rapidly inland, pushing back the threat posed by Joseph Johnston’s forces. Once his rear was clear, Grant turned his sights on Vicksburg.
The Federals assailed the Rebel stronghold on May 19 and 22, but were repulsed with such great loss that Grant determined to lay siege to the city to avoid further loss of life. Soldiers and civilians alike endured the privations of siege warfare for 47 days. With no reinforcement, supplies nearly gone, Pemberton’s forces finally surrendered on July 4, 1863.
Power point #1 is entitled, The Siege of Vicksburg and contains 24 slides and covers the following:
First Assault: May 19
First Assault Map: May 19
Second Assault: May 22
Second Assault Failure
Second Assault Map: May 19
The Siege Begins
Surrender & Aftermath
Casualties & Aftermath
End of Presentation
Colonel Henry Pleasants, a mining engineer by profession, saw a way to end the stalemate at Petersburg. Pleasants proposed to build a mine with a large gallery under Elliott’s Salient on the high ground in the Confederate line, pack the gallery with black powder, and blow a huge hole in the enemy line, opening a clear path to Petersburg.
Despite skepticism, apathy, and outright opposition from Major General George Meade, Pleasants began digging on June 25, completing a 510-foot shaft within three weeks. By July 27, the mine was packed with 8,000 pounds of gunpowder and ready to ignite.
Power point #2 is entitled, The Battle of the Crater and contains 14 slides and covers the following:
Stalemate at Petersburg
A Plan Materializes
The Federal Tunnel
Unit Selected for the Attack
In the Trenches
Colored Troops to the Fight
The Battle Rages
The End of the Battle
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....The American Civil War.