Vicksburg is the key : the struggle for the Mississippi River /

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Author / Creator:Shea, William L.
Imprint:Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2003.
Description:xii, 232 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Series:Great campaigns of the Civil War
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Winschel, Terrence J.
ISBN:0803242549 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [213]-222) and index.
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As part of the publisher's Campaigns and Commanders series, Shea (Univ. of Arkansas at Monticello) and Winschel (Vicksburg National Military Park) have produced an account of Vicksburg that is solid, informative, and moderate in length. Setting the story in perspective, the book goes beyond the struggle for the Mississippi town and recounts much of the Civil War conflict for control of the Mississippi River. The authors begin with a discussion of action on the river during the first year of the war, as Union forces advanced from the North past Island No. 10 and Memphis, and from the South past New Orleans, to threaten Vicksburg from two directions by the summer of 1862. The centerpiece of the book, of course, is Ulysses S. Grant's long campaign against Vicksburg, from his fall 1862 overland advance, to the repulse at Chickasaw Bayou and the difficult winter trying to find a way around the city, to the final May 1863 blitzkrieg by which Grant trapped Pemberton's army in Vicksburg and finally took both army and city by siege. Clear, balanced, readable, and accurate, this book provides a welcome medium-sized introduction to the complicated story of Vicksburg. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All public and academic libraries. S. E. Woodworth Texas Christian University

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