July 4th. The celebration of Independence. Celebrated throughout all America since 1777. Not quite so...
In 1863, General Grant ordered his Union army to march south. Much of this year, General Sherman spent most of his time in Mississippi. On July 4, 1863, "Vicksburg surrendered, and orders were given for at once attacking General Johnston." (from Memoirs of General William T. Sherman)
That day marked a day not as celebration, but a day of mourning, which the citizens of Vicksburg, MS, recognized for over a hundred years.
Now that you've had your history lesson for the day (oh the fun things you learn while researching)... happy fourth! Does your family do anything special?