Grant Wins the War: Decision at Vicksburg

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Historian James R. Arnold powerfully and persuasively argues that the Union victory at Vicksburg in 1863 was in fact the actual turning point of the war. Grant was unlike Lincoln's other generals. He had won a great victory at Fort Donelson, but that was more than a year earlier. His subsequent command at the battle of Shiloh became a bloodbath, and most people attributed the eventual Union victory not to Grant, but to the leadership of the reinforcing army's commander, Major General Don Carlos Buell. As he began...
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Historian James R. Arnold powerfully and persuasively argues that the Union victory at Vicksburg in 1863 was in fact the actual turning point of the war. Grant was unlike Lincoln's other generals. He had won a great victory at Fort Donelson, but that was more than a year earlier. His subsequent command at the battle of Shiloh became a bloodbath, and most people attributed the eventual Union victory not to Grant, but to the leadership of the reinforcing army's commander, Major General Don Carlos Buell. As he began his drive into Mississippi, Grant was on trial, both as a man and as a leader. After repeated failures, Grant outflanked Vicksburg and won a dramatic victory at the battle of Port Gibson, securing a bridgehead over the Mississippi River below Vicksburg. He now occupied a position situated between the two fortified Confederate citadels of Vicksburg and Port Hudson, with his back to the continent's greatest river and his army dependent upon a precarious line of supply. The conventional military solution, and the one favored by President Lincoln and his top military adviser, was to cooperate with General Banks against Port Hudson. But Grant's experience had taught him that the risks of converging two columns almost one hundred miles apart against a common target were considerable. Instead, in the riskiest and greatest decision of his military career, Grant resolved to act alone against Vicksburg. James R. Arnold proposes that Grant's victory at Vicksburg is worthy of comparison to those of Napoleon in its planning and execution. Always prepared for multiple contingencies, the general kept his field army well concentrated within a few hours' march of each other, while keeping Confederate General Pemberton - trying to counter Grant's shrewd troop movements - continually off balance. The decisive meeting came on May 16, at Champion Hill. Bringing history to exciting life, James R. Arnold offers a penetrating analysis of Grant's strategies and actions. His ca
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Carl Smith
In vivid prose and with well-researched detail Arnold brings the man and the events to life, giving the book the feeling of being drawn from contemporary headlines...For a well-written, insightful, and page-turning account of the river wars surrounding the Vicksburg campaign which together with Gettysburg turned the tide of the American Civil War, read this book.
Osprey Military Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471157274
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 387
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES R. ARNOLD is a military historian and the author of twelve books, including Presidents Under Fire and Napoleon Conquers Austria.

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Table of Contents

FATHER OF WATERS.
Battles on the River.
Fates Intermingled.
Ebb Tide.
The Hazardous Enterprise.
THE SHOT-TORN GROUND.
The Battle of Port Gibson.
Blitzkrieg Through Mississippi.
To the Crossroads.
The Hill of Death.
"A Perilous and Ludicrous Charge." Assault.
Siege.
"Come Joe!
Come Quickly!" "A Hard Stroke for the Confederacy." Troops Present for the Vicksburg Campaign: May 1, 1863.
Notes.
Bibliography.
Index.
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