Mississippi River Civil War

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During the Civil War the Mississippi River was not only vital for military purposes, but also civilian life. The Mississippi River was an easy way to move troops, supplies, and equipment. In the civilian world it allowed farmers to trade crops and was vital to the economy in both the north and south. In fact President Lincoln feared that northern farmers would side with the south in order ensure movement of crops and resources to sustain life for their families (Gabel, 2013). However, Midwestern states understood the critical important to winning Vicksburg and Midwestern states like Illinois provides 36,000 troops in support of the campaign for the Mississippi River (Gabel, 2013). Access to the Mississippi was not always easy due to the surrounding
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