35th Alabama Infantry
At the beginning of the Vicksburg Campaign, Buford's Brigade was at Port Hudson, LA, reorganized and ordered to Tullahoma, TN, on or about 15 April 1863, but was recalled on 18 April 1863, and participated in the Battle of Champion Hill on 16 May 1863. On 19 May 1863, the division arrived at Jackson, MS, and was attached to Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Relief, Department of the West. [Refer to Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XXIV, Part 1 - Reports, page 706 and Edwin Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume II, pages 250 and 643 and Volume III, page 1151.]
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President Abraham Lincoln, in speaking of Vicksburg's importance, is reputed to have stated early during the Civil War, "See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket."