1863 – (Civil War) Assault on Vicksburg, Mississippi, Begins

For three days in May 1863, Union forces attempted to capture the city of Vicksburg to gain control of shipping on the Mississippi River. The troops climbed up steep ravines and crossed trenches to attack the fortifications above them. The 14th and 17th Wisconsin Infantry regiments participated in this unsuccessful assault. At the end of the day, the Union had lost nearly 1,000 soldiers without achieving its goal.