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Editor’s note: The following column was first published on Gingrich360.com
As I watch various pundits and officials express frustration over the seemingly slow progress of the Ukrainian campaign, I’m reminded that some of history’s greatest military victories were long, slow, and grinding.
They weren’t all won with sweeping cavalry attacks, thundering tank maneuvers, explosive dog fights, or other dramatic movements. Many were slow, painful, methodical, determined drives.
Two conflicts specifically come to mind: The Battle of Vicksburg in the Civil War and breaking out in Normandy during World War II.
Vicksburg was a vital link in the Mississippi River. If the Confederates lost it, they would have been split in half. Arkansas, western Louisiana, and Texas would have been isolated from the eastern part of the Confederacy. In addition, once the Union had complete access to the entire Mississippi, all the manufactured and agricultural goods from the entire Midwest could go down to New Orleans and be shipped around the world.
So, there was substantial value in holding Vicksburg. The Confederacy heavily reinforced it under Gen. John Pemberton. But he was still faced with a great