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  •  The civil war was all but over, when the union (1+ / 0-)
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    and Grant defeated Vicksburg Mississippi 18 months earlier. The defeat did in fact cut off supplies not only from coming up the Mississippi river, but also supplies coming from Mexico and they had no other way to manufacture new guns.

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