|John C. Pemberton|
|Vicksburg before the fall|
|The Vicksburg Siege|
|U.S. Army General U.S. Grant|
|Rear Adm. David Dixon Porter, U.S. Navy|
|Grant marching from Bruinsburg (on the east side of the river) along Rodney Road toward a series of battles preceding the siege of Vicksburg.|
|Under a flag of truce, Generals Grant (left) and Pemberton discuss the terms of surrender on July 3, 1863|
True to his word, Grant sent in his final, amended terms. Instead of an unconditional surrender of Vicksburg, Grant offered parole to the garrison. Pemberton received the note in the quiet of his headquarters. In the company of his generals, Pemberton read the note then passed it around for his subordinates to read and comment upon. Almost to a man, these agreed they were the best terms to be had.