A Soldier's Story of the Siege of Vicksburg [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4, 1863) was a horrific, bloody slog that eventually ended in victory for the Union troops of General Ulysses S. Grant. It was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign and, combined with the surrender of Port Hudson, left the vital artery of the Mississippi River in Union control for the rest of the war.

But what was it like day to day for the soldier in the trenches? Osborn Oldroyd kept a...
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A Soldier's Story of the Siege of Vicksburg

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Overview

The Siege of Vicksburg (May 18 – July 4, 1863) was a horrific, bloody slog that eventually ended in victory for the Union troops of General Ulysses S. Grant. It was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign and, combined with the surrender of Port Hudson, left the vital artery of the Mississippi River in Union control for the rest of the war.

But what was it like day to day for the soldier in the trenches? Osborn Oldroyd kept a diary during the siege and published it in 1895. For the first time, this compelling, thrilling, sad, and humorous account is available in an affordable, well-formatted abridged e-book.

Far from being mere cannon fodder, many of the soldiers of the Civil War were keen observers of the events that changed America forever. They were capable of writing intimate, engaging prose and they were not insensible to the beauty of the night sky or the awful beauty of destruction.

From Oldroyd's diary: "...kept up the firing for four hours, during which time the smoke was so thick we could see nothing but the flash of the guns. No fog could have so completely hid from view objects around...such a screeching of shot and shell must prove a terror to them, and my heart has not yet grown so hardened that I can not feel for them."

Even in the midst of the crash of battle, Oldroyd tells us, "Boys at the front have time for sport, which is not to be interrupted even by stray shells." He then goes on to describe a card game during which the boys did not even acknowledge shells flying over their heads.

Later he writes of sneaking into a Vicksburg home during the siege and being invited to stay for a birthday party.

No history can convey the awful and comical events of Vicksburg like the stories of the common soldiers. No general's account of strategy can bring the same kind of immediacy to events. You'll find yourself at Vicksburg in a way you never thought possible.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148344810
  • Publisher: Big Byte Books
  • Publication date: 2/23/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 215
  • File size: 99 KB

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