Vicksburg, 1863

Vicksburg, 1863

Book - 2009/04/07
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A riveting history of the battle that permanently turned the tide of the Civil War.

While Gettysburg is better known, Winston Groom makes clear in this engrossing narrative that Vicksburg was the more important battle from a strategic point of view. Re-creating the epic campaign that culminated at Vicksburg, Groom details the arduous struggle by the Union to gain control of the Mississippi River valley and to divide the Confederacy in two. He takes us back to 1861, when Lincoln chooses Ulysses S. Grant—seen at the time as a mediocre general with a drinking problem—to lead the Union army south from Illinois.

We follow Grant and his troops as they fight one campaign after another, including the famous engagements at Forts Henry and Donelson and the bloodbath at Shiloh, until, after almost a year, they close in on Vicksburg. We witness Grant’s seven long months of battle against the determined Confederate army, and the many failed Union attempts to take Vicksburg, during which thousands of soldiers on both sides would be buried and, ultimately, the fate of the Confederacy would be sealed. As Groom recounts this landmark confrontation, he brings the participants to life. We see Grant in all his grim determination, the feistiness of William Tecumseh Sherman, and the pride and intransigence of Confederate leaders from Jefferson Davis and General Joseph E. Johnston to General John C. Pemberton, the Philadelphia-born Rebel who commanded at Vicksburg and took the blame for losing.

A first-rate work of military history and an essential contribution to our understanding of the Civil War.

Baker & Taylor
Recreates the 1863 siege of Vicksburg ,Mississippi, that changed the direction of the Civil War and severely damaged the Confederacy.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009/04/07
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307264251
0307264254
Branch Call Number: 973.7344 GRO
Characteristics: x, 482 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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kaphings
Apr 25, 2019

This is a good book and account. I have read better, especially in Ron Chernow’s Grant biography. I felt to much credit was given to Confederated bungling rather than to Union competency. I liked Groom’s use of diaries written by the Southern ladies in and around Vicksburg. They provided an excellent feel for the situation they faced. Groom uses the Vicksburg battle to give an insight of the whole war with the year 1863 as the pivot. He makes some good points. Groom includes a section about Grant going on a two day drunk and river trip during a lull. I am not sure how useful that was in the whole story, seemed just a way to throw mud. But, all in all a good book.

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ZetaDrac
Aug 14, 2012

Quite readable title on the Vicksburg campaign.

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