Vicksburg, 1863

Vicksburg, 1863

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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 of Confederate 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 for eventual 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, and Confederate leaders from Jefferson Davis to Joe Johnston to John Pemberton. It is an epic account by a masterful writer and historian.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Civil War Library, [2010], c2009.
ISBN: 9780307276773
Characteristics: x, 482 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.


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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.

Aug 14, 2012

Quite readable title on the Vicksburg campaign.


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