Vicksburg, 1863Book - 2009
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, he 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 take the Union army south from Illinois. We follow Grant and his troops as they fight one campaign after another--including the bloodbath at Shiloh--until, after almost a year, they close in on Vicksburg. And we witness the seven long months of battle with the determined Confederate army, during which thousands of soldiers on both sides would be buried and the fate of the Confederacy sealed. Embedded in the narrative are indelible portraits of the players: from Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman to Jefferson Davis, Joseph E. Johnston, and the Philadelphia-born Rebel who commanded at Vicksburg, General John C. Pemberton. A first-rate work of military history and an essential contribution to our understanding of the Civil War.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Branch Call Number: 973.7344 GROOM W
Characteristics: x, 482 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations, maps, plans, portraits ; 25 cm.