[July 4, 2018] Last year, I wrote about the surrender of the Confederate garrison at Vicksburg, Mississippi on this date; July 4, 1863, and how the city’s residents did not celebrate Independence Day until the 1960s because of it.1 What I didn’t write was that the Vicksburg Siege was part of Lincoln’s grand strategy and his idea of preventing the U.S. from splitting apart.
There has been a lot of talk about California and Oregon voluntarily seceding from the U.S. because their “progressive” ideology is believed to be morally superior to the rest of the nation. Also, it could be considered viable as California alone is the sixth-largest economy in the world.2
The reason U.S. President Abraham Lincoln fought to keep the nation together was more than the vision of the founders of the nation but he recognized that strength came from unity. In a world where strength mattered most; weaker nations were being destroyed and what remained was absorbed into the conquering nation.
Independence Day is more than the celebration of the anniversary when the United States declared its independence from England in 1776. This date is symbolic of its struggles and the sacrifices of its peoples throughout its history. Secession would be seen as a failure of the Founding Fathers dream of a “united” United States.
The Vicksburg Siege was part of a Union operation known as the Anaconda Plan. Like the snake, the plan was to strangle the Confederate states, starving them of supplies and destroying their will to fight. It involved a blockage from the seas and the capture of the Mississippi River waterway system. The Anaconda Plan in conjunction with a major ground offensive brought the war to its conclusion and kept the United States whole.
For everyone in the free world, we all should remember that strength comes from unity, not secession or division. The 4th of July in the U.S. is symbolic of that idea.
See my previous 4th of July posts here:
- The 4th of July and France – https://www.theleadermaker.com/4th-july-france/
- Independence Day: July 4, 1963 – https://www.theleadermaker.com/independence-day-july-4-1963/
- Independence Day Message: July 4th – https://www.theleadermaker.com/independence-day-message-july-4th-2/
- Independence Day Message: July 4th – https://www.theleadermaker.com/independence-day-message-july-4th/