Mississippi's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation

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The battles depicted in this comprehensive book had an impact on the outcome of the Civil War. Through firsthand documents and 100 photographs and maps, the historical significance of each site is emphasized. Details on the level of preservation of each battlefield, including Port Gibson and Vicksburg, are included.

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Overview

The battles depicted in this comprehensive book had an impact on the outcome of the Civil War. Through firsthand documents and 100 photographs and maps, the historical significance of each site is emphasized. Details on the level of preservation of each battlefield, including Port Gibson and Vicksburg, are included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589808331
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Bishop is a history teacher at Middleton High School in Tennessee and has been the recipient of a variety of honors, including multiple Teacher of the Year awards and recognition in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. An advocate for preservation of sites related to the American Civil War, he has published numerous articles and books on the subject, including Mississippi's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation, Tennessee's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation, The Tennessee Brigade, and Kentucky's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation, which was chosen as an alternate selection of the History Book Club®. He holds a BS from Union University and a MEd from the University of Memphis. A member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Bishop is also involved with the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, and the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association. He lives in Middleton, Tennessee.
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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    Very worthwhile

    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.

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