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The Mississippi River Campaign, 1861-1863: The Struggle for Control of the Western Waters

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Telling the story of the Civil War's Mississippi River Campaign through the experiences of leading officers, ordinary soldiers, and civilians, this book explains how the river campaign came to be one of the key tenets of the Union's strategy and a fundamental contributor to the war's ultimate outcome. It describes the Union's drive down the Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois, the drive up the river from the Gulf of Mexico, and the capturing of key cities and rebel fortifications along the way, including New ...

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Overview

Telling the story of the Civil War's Mississippi River Campaign through the experiences of leading officers, ordinary soldiers, and civilians, this book explains how the river campaign came to be one of the key tenets of the Union's strategy and a fundamental contributor to the war's ultimate outcome. It describes the Union's drive down the Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois, the drive up the river from the Gulf of Mexico, and the capturing of key cities and rebel fortifications along the way, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Memphis, Vicksburg, and finally, Port Hudson, Louisiana. The text is supplemented with 24 historical photographs from the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786459001
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly with the New York Times and the Saturday Evening Post, Benton Rain Patterson is an emeritus associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I 1861

1 The Drive Begins 5

2 The Defenders 12

3 The Gunboats 17

4 River-Borne Warriors 27

Part II 1862

5 Target on the Tennessee 35

6 The Assault That Failed 45

7 The Fall of Fort Donelson 54

8 Goodbye, Columbus 64

9 Fortress Island 70

10 The Receding Gray Line 84

11 The Ascension Begins 99

12 The Battle for Passage 111

13 The Defiant City 121

14 The Conquered City 133

15 The Ellet Fleet 140

16 The Confederate Offensive 147

17 Showdown at Memphis 155

18 Up from New Orleans 162

19 The Arkansas vs. the U.S. Navy 171

20 A Battle Too Far 182

21 New Attempts at Vicksburg 192

Part III 1863

22 Tributaries and Distributaries 201

23 New Directions 215

24 The Other Side of the River 223

25 Vicksburg at Last 232

26 Finale at Port Hudson 249

Epilogue 257

Chapter Notes 259

Bibliography 267

Index 271

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