Monday, March 30, 2015

Pvt. Joseph M. Beavers, 56th Illinois: Victim of SS General Lyon-- Part 3

They participated in the Vicksburg Campaign and were at the Battle of Champion Hill on May 16, 1863 and the Battle of Big Black River on May 17.  They survived Grant's two disasterous attacks on Vicksburg May 19th and 22nd.

They were also at the Battle of Vicksburg Crater (I've never heard of it before) on June 26th and at the surrender of the fortress city on July 4th.

In October and November 1863 they were in the Chattanooga Campaign and fought at the Battle of Missionary Ridge.  Then, it was the Atlanta Campaign and Sherman's March to the Sea.

On February 1, 1865, they left Savannah, heading northward on Sherman's Carolina's Campaign.  At this time, their enlistments were now just 26 days away.

--Old Secesh


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