National Geographic : 1963 Jul
THE OLDCOURTHOUSE MUSEUM, VICKSBURG Steel Meets Steel in a Charge Against a Siege-line Bastion Determined to avoid a long siege if possible, Grant ordered a massive attack on May 22. At Stockade Redan, 158 volun teers-called the Forlorn Hope -raced along Graveyard Road with planks to bridge the ditch fronting the fort. "From every part of the line rose the Con federates in double rank and poured in a terrible fire... the enemy's guns swept the ridge so clean that no living thing could pass it," a Union officer said. Victory went to Confed erate defenders. Fog of battle makes ghosts of Rebels firing point-blank. Civil War buffs act out the assault against the Stockade Redan.