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Vicksburg 1863: Grant Clears the Mississippi

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The 1863 Vicksburg campaign was to prove decisive to the outcome of the American Civil War. Known as the Gibraltar of the West, Vicksburg was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. In a masterly campaign, the Union General Ulysses S Grant used riverboats and steamers to land his army south of the city, where he defeated the armies of Generals Joe Johnston and John C. Pemberton. Pemberton's men became bottled up in Vicksburg, where they endured an epic 47 day siege before surrendering to Grant ...

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The 1863 Vicksburg campaign was to prove decisive to the outcome of the American Civil War. Known as the Gibraltar of the West, Vicksburg was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. In a masterly campaign, the Union General Ulysses S Grant used riverboats and steamers to land his army south of the city, where he defeated the armies of Generals Joe Johnston and John C. Pemberton. Pemberton's men became bottled up in Vicksburg, where they endured an epic 47 day siege before surrendering to Grant on July 4, 1863, one day after Lee's defeat at Gettysburg.

The 1863 Vicksburg campaign was to prove decisive in the outcome of the American Civil War. Known as the 'Gibraltar of the West', Vicksburg was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River; the only communication route left between the department of the Trans-Mississippi west of the river and the body of the Confederacy. In a masterly campaign Grant used riverboats and steamers to run his army past the batteries at Vicksburg and land south of the city. He then defeated the armies of Generals 'Joe' Johnston and John C. Pemberton. Pemberton allowed his force to become bottled up in Vicksburg and after an epic 47-day siege during which his men were reduced to eating cats, dogs and even rats, he was forced to surrender the remnants of his force to Grant on 4 July 1863, one day after Lee's defeat at Gettysburg. This was a long campaign, lasting some nine months altogether and featured forced marches, much devising and revising of plans, massive works of engineering on roads, bridges and waterways, a bold amphibious operation on the Mississippi, a rapid fighting advance of dash and brilliance, several pitched battles, and a final, relentless siege.

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Alan Hankinson has completed two volumes for Osprey on the American Civil War. Highly respected in his field, Alan’s authoritative text clearly displays his passion for, and knowledge of the subject.

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Table of Contents

The opposing commanders 9
Grant's fighting command 9
Grant's character 10
The rebel generals 12
The opposing armies 15
The strategic situation, Autumn 1862 19
Grant's first attempt, November to December 1862 19
Sherman's attack at Chickasaw Bluffs 23
McClernand takes over 25
Grant's winter problems 27
First and second projects 27
Third project 29
The march begins 33
The ships run through 33
Crossing the river 40
Living off the land 46
Fast marching 48
The battle of Champion Hill 51
Big Black River 57
The siege of Vicksburg 62
Initial assaults 63
Siege operations 65
Inside Vicksburg 70
The surrender 85
The consequences 88
The battlefield today 91
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