"A major new study that highlights one of the opening campaigns for control of the Mississippi Valley, and indispensable for understanding Union army-navy operations in the West."
—B. Franklin Cooling, Historian, U.S. Department of Energy
"The scholarship is sound and thorough. This book will be useful to historians of the Civil War who wish to draw on it for an authoritative account of this campaign, and Civil War buffs will want it in their libraries."
—James M. McPherson, Princeton University