Slecht Family Arrives in New Amsterdam
Indians on the Hudson River
Crossing of the Delaware
Fifers and Drummers
Battle of Trenton
Battle of Vicksburg
General Patton, Corps and Division Commanders

4th Armored Division C.P., England, June 1944

Civil War Hero

Major General James R. Slack

47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry

Served from 1962 to 1865

General Slack led the regiment at the Battle of Champion Hill, a part of the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863. Vicksburg’s strategic location on the Mississippi River made it a critical win for both the Union and the Confederacy. The Confederate surrender there ensured Union control of the Mississippi River and cleaved the South in two.

Union victory. After a 47-day siege, Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton’s Confederate troops surrendered to Gen.  Ulysses S. Grant. Together with the Union victory at Gettysburg just a day before, Vicksburg marked a turning point in the fortunes of the Union army.

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