The Battle of Vicksburg

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While Gettysburg generally is seen as the turning point of the Civil War, a good argument could be lodged for the Battle of Vicksburg being equally as important. Located along the Mississippi River, Vicksburg was referred to as the "Gibraltar of the West" due to its staunch defenses. In 1863 that Mississippi town became the center of a great deal of attention, energy, and sacrifice. Led by General Ulysses S. Grant, the western Federal forces focused their invasion efforts in that theater of war upon taking Vicksburg. By accomplishing that act, Union forces would have split the Confederacy and taken complete control of the Mississippi River. Eventually, on July 4, 1863, Grant was successful in capturing not only Vicksburg but the entire Rebel army as well. This incredible campaign is adeptly chronicled in this well developed history book. The author does an excellent job of detailing Grant's extremely complicated campaign. David C. King takes the reader through the torturous efforts of Federal soldiers to finally capture the Fortress City of Vicksburg. The author also describes the fate of the besieged Confederate soldiers and civilians who struggled through despite near-starvation. Vicksburg is often overlooked when set against the sweep of Gettysburg. David C. King underscores not only the importance of that campaign but also the human sacrifices that went into the Vicksburg Battle. Part of "Triangle Histories Civil War" series. 2001, Birchbark Press, $17.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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