Question #148553. Asked by serpa.
Last updated Jul 12 2021.
Originally posted Jul 12 2021 7:34 PM.
Sherman's account gave the action its name, "a forlorn hope," although he did not use capital letters in describing it. Those would come later as the bravery of the men became enshrined in Vicksburg's larger story over time. Of the 150 men who rushed forward as the Forlorn Hope, 19 were killed and 34 were wounded. Of the survivors, 78 later received the Medal Honor for their heroism, cited specifically for "Gallantry in the charge of the 'volunteer storming party.'"