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Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy by Donald L. Miller
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Vicksburg, Mississippi, was the last stronghold of the Confederacy on the Mississippi River. It prevented the Union from using the river for shipping between the Union-controlled Midwest and New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The Union navy tried to take Vicksburg, which sat on a high bluff overlooking the river, but couldn't do it. It took Grant's army and Admiral David Porter's navy to successfully invade Mississippi and lay siege to Vicksburg, forcing the city to surrender.
Donald L. Miller brings to life all the drama, characters and significance of Vicksburg, a historic moment that rivals any war story in history. In the course of the campaign, tens of thousands of slaves fled to the Union lines, where more than twenty thousand became soldiers, while others seized the plantations they had been forced to work on, destroying the economy of a large part of Mississippi and creating a social revolution.
Vicksburg solidified Grant's reputation as the Union's most capable general. Today no general would ever be permitted to fail as often as Grant did, but ultimately he succeeded in what he himself called the most important battle of the war - the one that all but sealed the fate of the Confederacy.
- Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt Literary Award Winner
- Austin Civil War Round Table's Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Book Prize Winner
- Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award Winner
- 10 maps
- Black & white insert
- 688 pages
- Dimensions: 9"H x 6"W
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