Cover of: Vicksburg, 1863 | Winston Groom

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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.From the Hardcover edition.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973.7/344
Library of Congress
E475.27 .G794 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22665824M
Internet Archive
vicksburg186300groo
ISBN 13
9780307264251
LC Control Number
2008045984
OCLC/WorldCat
236339246
Library Thing
7852590
Goodreads
6112965
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