Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River / Edition 1

Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River / Edition 1

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by William L. Shea, Terrence "Terry" Winschel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803293445

ISBN-13: 9780803293441

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books


The struggle for control of the Mississippi River was the longest and most complex campaign of the Civil War. It was marked by an extraordinary diversity of military and naval operations, including fleet engagements, cavalry raids, amphibious landings, pitched battles, and the two longest sieges in American history. Every existing type of naval vessel, from…  See more details below

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The struggle for control of the Mississippi River was the longest and most complex campaign of the Civil War. It was marked by an extraordinary diversity of military and naval operations, including fleet engagements, cavalry raids, amphibious landings, pitched battles, and the two longest sieges in American history. Every existing type of naval vessel, from sailing ship to armored ram, played a role, and military engineers practiced their art on a scale never before witnessed in modern warfare. Union commanders such as Grant, Sherman, Farragut, and Porter demonstrated the skills that would take them to the highest levels of command. When the immense contest finally reached its climax at Vicksburg and Port Hudson in the summer of 1863, the Confederacy suffered a blow from which it never recovered. Here was the true turning point of the Civil War.
 
This fast-paced, gripping narrative of the Civil War struggle for the Mississippi River is the first comprehensive single-volume account to appear in over a century. Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River tells the story of the series of campaigns the Union conducted on land and water to conquer Vicksburg and of the many efforts by the Confederates to break the siege of the fortress. William L. Shea and Terrence J. Winschel present the unfolding drama of the campaign in a clear and readable style, correct historic myths along the way, and examine the profound strategic effects of the eventual Union victory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803293441
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Great Campaigns of the Civil War
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
1,210,010
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Series Editors' Introduction
1The River and the War1
2Gibraltar on the Mississippi17
3On to Vicksburg33
4The First Onslaught46
5Dark Winter60
6Detour in Louisiana76
7River of No Return90
8The Odds Are Overpowering106
9The Shriek of an Eagle117
10Indecision, Indecision, Indecision127
11A Grand and Appalling Sight140
12Outcamp the Enemy153
13Too Weak to Save Vicksburg161
14The Glorious Fourth170
15No Longer a Point of Danger179
16The Mississippi Is Opened187
Epilogue205
Notes213
Bibliographical Essay221
Index223

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Vicksburg is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JCC62 More than 1 year ago
This is a very readable and very good account of the Battle of Vicksburg. The only wish I had was that there a few more maps. I was able to talk to Terry Winschel at the Vicksburg Park and he said the editors were the limiting factor on that. Overall I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a good, quick and easy read of the Vicksburg Campaign.