Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg: The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War

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Though the Brutal Conflict Raged on For Four Dark Years, the outcome of the struggle hinged on the decisions of politicians and the actions of generals in the first half of 1863. This crucible period began with the Confederate retreat from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in early January, and climaxed with two campaigns that still ring today with the echoes of cannon fire and gunshots-Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Before these critical months the scales had been tipping favorably for the South, but neither side could afford...

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Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg: The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War

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Overview

Though the Brutal Conflict Raged on For Four Dark Years, the outcome of the struggle hinged on the decisions of politicians and the actions of generals in the first half of 1863. This crucible period began with the Confederate retreat from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in early January, and climaxed with two campaigns that still ring today with the echoes of cannon fire and gunshots-Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Before these critical months the scales had been tipping favorably for the South, but neither side could afford to lose these two critical campaigns. It was all or nothing, and the stakes couldn't be higher.

Now, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, Edwin C. Bearss-one of the greatest battlefield historians of our time-offers compelling and intimate details of America's pivotal moment in history. Bearss's riveting storytelling is augmented by the commentary of J. Parker Hills, a retired Army officer, who specializes in gleaning the leadership lessons from campaign trails, decision points, and battlefields.

Receding Tide marches you through the dust of the campaign trails and leads you into the smoke and fire of the battlefields for an unprecedented exploration of the events as they unfolded. Along the way, you will look into the minds of the leaders to better understand the decisions that altered the course of the Civil War and changed the destiny of America.

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"The wealth of detail, Bearss’ astute judgments and the flowing narrative combine to make Receding Tide an excellent and highly recommended book."—Civil War News

“Establishing a standard for literary excellence.” –Army magazine
 
"A smooth narrative of compelling force...Bearss’ experienced eye for human interest stories is evident throughout the book." –Civil War News
 
 “For buffs, Bearss’ book hits the bull’s-eye.” –Booklist
 
“For more than half a century, prolific writer and battlefield historian Bearss has more than covered the Civil War…Here he tells the story of these two important battles…” –Book News
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426205101
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 992,849
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: An American Icon 7

Introduction: Trinity and Tide 11

Chapter 1 Richmond and the River 15

Chapter 2 A Series of Experiments 43

Chapter 3 War Has Responsibilities 77

Chapter 4 What Will the Country Say? 111

Chapter 5 To the Railroad East of Vicksburg 153

Chapter 6 Concentration of Troops 185

Chapter 7 On the Offense 223

Chapter 8 Commit No Blunder 257

Chapter 9 The Devil's to Pay 299

Chapter 10 The Best Three Hours' Fighting 325

Chapter 11 Give Them the Cold Steel 359

Epilogue 381

Reflections 383

Acknowledgments 387

About the Blue and Gray Education Society 391

Index 392

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    Recommended for Civil War buffs

    I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the events during this period in the country's history. The author does a good job of focusing on the two campaigns: Vicksburg and Gettysburg, and he skillfully leads the reader throught the details of each of these climatic battles. Although, the book was accompanied by maps for the campaigns I was disappointed that the maps didnt have the detail to include unit movements, which would have made the reading more user friendly, nonetheless this was an excellent book and I am happy to have it on my shelf.

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