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LtGen John C. Pemberton - Vicksburg National Military Park - Vicksburg, MS
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Cordova Dave
N 32° 21.102 W 090° 51.127
15S E 702121 N 3581447
Quick Description: A statue of LtGen John C. Pemberton, the Confederate commander of Vicksburg, is located on Confederate Avenue inside the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, MS.
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date Posted: 11/21/2009 4:13:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM7Q5V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dh2000dh
Views: 8

Long Description:
John Clifford Pemberton (August 10, 1814 – July 13, 1881), was a career United States Army officer who fought in the Seminole Wars and with distinction during the Mexican–American War.

He also served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War, noted for his defeat and surrender in the critical Siege of Vicksburg in the summer of 1863. After the war he took up farming.

The artist for the statue was Edmond T. Quinn. The statue was added to the Vicksburg National Military Park in 1917. The text on the statue reads:

John C. Pemberson
Lt General C.S. Army
Commanding Department of
Miss. and East Lousianna
Cadet U.S. Military Academy 1833
2NT LT Mar. rth Art. July First 1837
First LT Mar. Nineteenth 1843
Captain September Sixteenth 1850
Resigned April Twenty-Fourth 1861
Brig. Gen. C.S. Army June 17, 1861
Major General February 13, 1862
To Rank From Jan. Fourteenth 1862
Lt. General Oct. Thirteenth 1862
To Rank From October Tenth 1862
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Lt. General John C. Pemberton was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an 1837 West Point graduate. Decorated for gallantry during the Mexican War, Pemberton nontheless resigned his commission in the old army at the outbreak of war in April 1861 to serve with the Confederacy, a decision most likely due to the influence of his Virginia-born wife and many years of service in the southern states before the conflict.

Devoted to the South, he began his service with the Confederate Army as commander of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Rapid promotion made Pemberton a Lieutenant General by 1862, and he was assigned to defend Vicksburg and the Mississippi River through his command of the Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. Hampered by conflicting orders from the very outset of the Vicksburg campaign, and after a stubborn defense of the city, Pemberton was compelled to surrender his army on July 4, 1863. Following this defeat, he voluntarily resigned his commission and served as a lieutenant colonel of artillery for the remainder of the war, a testimonial of his loyalty to the South.

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Union or Confederacy: Confederacy - South

General's Name: LtGen John C. Pemberton

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