Located on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Vicksburg, Miss., was a city of strategic importance. Vicksburg fell about six weeks after Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army surrounded the city, blocking supply routes. News of the surrender traveled by telegraph to Washington, D.C., then on to Philadelphia. A map of Vicksburg dominates The Philadelphia Inquirer's report on the victory days earlier.
The map of Vicksburg is created through woodcut showing a detailed account of the Union Army's offensive lines.Newseum collection