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Vicksburg, 1863by Winston Groom
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Recreates the 1863 siege of Vicksburg ,Mississippi, that changed the direction of the Civil War and severely damaged the Confederacy.
In this thrilling narrative history of the Civil War's most strategically important campaign, Winston Groom describes the bloody two-year grind that started when Ulysses S. Grant began taking a series ofConfederate strongholds in 1861, climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg two years later. For Grant and the Union it was a crucial success that captured the Mississippi River, divided the South in half, and set the stage foreventual victory. Vicksburg, 1863 brings the battles and the protagonists of this struggle to life: we see Grant in all his grim determination, Sherman with his feistiness and talent for war, andConfederate leaders from Jefferson Davis to Joe Johnston to John Pemberton. It is an epic account by a masterful writer and historian.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Winston Groom is the author of fourteen previous books, including Patriotic Fire, Shrouds of Glory, Forrest Gump, and Conversations with the Enemy, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He lives with his wife and daughter in Point Clear, Alabama.
Table of Contents
War moves south. And so the ball was opened — It was there that war found him — U. S. "Unconditional Surrender" Grant — I will do the best I can — Anaconda squeezes — Mississippians don't know, and refuse to learn, how to surrender — Sometimes now we can get the papers — Vicissitudes. Grant begins to stir — Until it pleases God to take me-- — I reached Vicksburg, landed, assaulted, and failed — If you can't smile, grin! — When we can do no better we will blow them up — I fear Grant won't do — So thick a snake couldn't wriggle through it — Corpse factory. Enemy will soon be upon us. — Shut up as in a trap — Corpse factory — Martha says rats are hanging in the market for sale with the mule meat — Father of waters again goes unvexed to the sea — They'd all be dead anyhow.
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