An item in the Feb. 28, 1863, Democratic Banner gave readers the wrong impression of what was going on at Vicksburg, Miss. Whether this was because whoever wrote the report didn’t understand what was happening or because they weren’t anywhere near the action, is hard to say. Both were known to happen too frequently.
“The siege of Vicksburg is now progressing, but the accounts indicate that but little progress has been made towards the reduction of this Gibraltar of rebeldom. The gunboats are firing at long range, and probably not doing much injury.”
Vicksburg was not yet “under siege.” Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was still trying to figure out a way to get his army past Vicksburg to where he could operate effectively against the Confederate forces based at the city.
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