In Storming Vicksburg, military historian Earl J. Hess reveals how a combination of rugged terrain, poor coordination, and low battlefield morale among Union troops influenced the result of the largest attack mounted by Grant's Army of the Tennessee. Using definitive research in unpublished personal accounts and other underutilized archives, Hess makes clear that events of May 19–22 were crucial to the Vicksburg campaign's outcome and shed important light on Grant's generalship, Confederate defensive strategy, and the experience of common soldiers as an influence on battlefield outcomes.
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Storming Vicksburg tells the story of the most decisive struggle of the Civil War in vast detail and a splendid sweep of analysis.Steven E. Woodworth, author of The Great Struggle: America's Civil War
Earl Hess is one of the finest analysts of Civil War operations now at work. Historians have long tended to treat Grant's assaults against Vicksburg on May 19 and May 22 merely as a prelude to the lengthy siege that ensued. In this fascinating book, Hess demonstrates that the attacks deserve close attention in their own right and offers a measured reappraisal of both Grant and his Confederate counterpart, John C. Pemberton.Mark Grimsley, author of The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865