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"A valuable guide for tourists and students of the American Civil War. Mr. Bishop has compiled a valuable collection of narratives, maps, and photos that will aid the visitor in appreciating and ...
"A valuable guide for tourists and students of the American Civil War. Mr. Bishop has compiled a valuable collection of narratives, maps, and photos that will aid the visitor in appreciating and enjoying these hallowed grounds and the need for their preservation."
-Edwina Carpenter, director, Brice's Crossroads Visitor and Interpretive Center
The Magnolia State was the site of such famous Civil War conflicts as the raid on Holly Springs and the siege of Vicksburg. This chronological study details the fourteen major battles that took place in Mississippi between 1862 and 1864, noting the level of preservation for each location. Diary entries offer firsthand accounts of life during the war, on and off the battlefield, and maps provide the reader with a deeper understanding of the combat that occurred in the state. In addition to images from the past, present-day photographs depict the current state of the battle sites, which memorialize the brave men who fought for Mississippi.
Randy Bishop has taught American history and marketing at Middleton High School and serves as an adjunct professor for Jackson State Community College. A six-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award, he was also recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Bishop is a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Civil War Preservation Trust, and the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. He has contributed articles to such publications as the Civil War Courier and is the author of Pelican's Tennessee's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation and The Tennessee Brigade. Bishop resides in Middleton, Tennessee.
Posted November 21, 2010
Except for the Vicksburg Campaign, Mississippi is missing in many histories and given very little coverage in others. This position overlooks how important the area was to operations in Tennessee and the impact battles in Mississippi had elsewhere. After Shiloh, Mississippi became the frontline in the west. The majority of operations concentrate on controlling the Mississippi River or cutting the major east/west railroad in the northern part of the state. Late in the war, N.B. Forrest succeeds in turning back an invasion in what was then a secondary theater of the war.
This book follows the war covering the battles in the Corinth area to break the railroad. The Vicksburg Campaign and Forrest's stopping the invasion of 1864. The battles are present as they occurred starting with Halleck's Siege of Corinth and ending with Forrest's victory at Tupelo. This allows us to follow the course of the war keeping the gradual ebb and flow of the Confederate position in our minds. The book covers sixteen of the most important battles in the state. All the major battles Corinth, Iuka, Chickasaw Bayou, Raymond, Champion Hill and the siege of Vicksburg are present. Holly Springs, Grand Gulf, Port Gibson, Jackson, Big Black River Bridge support Grant's 1863 campaign and make a complete Vicksburg tour. Okolona, Brice's Crossroads and Tupelo are a must on any Forrest tour. Corinth and Iuka are two important battles with few books. This totals up to the sixteen battles that defined much of the war in the state. A full index, endnotes and bibliography complete the book.
Each battle is a chapter of 20 to 30 pages with good maps and photographs of the area and/or participants. The author takes the time to connect the battle to the war. Next is a short descriptive history of the battle. Preservation efforts and what you can visit ends the chapter. The books works as a very good survey of the major battles in Mississippi, it works as a battlefield guide and a record of preservation efforts or lack thereof. This book is an easy and enjoyable read that will encourage you to visit the battlefields or bring back memories of those visits.