Vicksburg Is the Key
The Struggle for the Mississippi River
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Vicksburg Is the Key by William L. Shea
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803293441
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William L. Shea
Fields of Blood, Paperback (September 2013)
Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign
Pea Ridge, Paperback (September 1997)
On 6-8 March 1862, an early pitched battle of the Civil war took place in north-western Arkansas. The Federal victory at Pea Ridge altered the balance of power in the Mississippi region, ensuring Union control of this area. This text offers an account of this significant encounter.
Hardtack and Coffee, Paperback (August 1993)» View all books by William L. Shea
Most histories of the Civil War focus on battles and top brass. This title gives a picture of what ordinary soldiers endured every day - in camp, on the march, at the edge of a booming, smoking hell. It is the story of how the Civil War soldier was recruited, provisioned, and disciplined.
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Author Biography - William L. Shea
William L. Shea is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He is the coauthor of Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West. Terrence J. Winschel is a historian at Vicksburg National Military Park. His books include Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign.
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