Vicksburg, 1863 (Vintage Civil War Library)
In this thrilling narrative history of the Civil War’s most strategically important campaign, Winston Groom describes the bloody two-year grind that started when Ulysses S. Grant began taking a series of Confederate strongholds in 1861, climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg two years later. For Grant and the Union it was a crucial success that captured the Mississippi River, divided the South in half, and set the stage for eventual victory. Vicksburg, 1863 brings the battles and the protagonists of this struggle to life: we see Grant in all his grim determination, Sherman with his feistiness and talent for war, and Confederate leaders from Jefferson Davis to Joe Johnston to John Pemberton. It is an epic account by a masterful writer and historian.
And bedding, bowls and pitchers and everything of the kind just thrown pell-mell here and there, with soldiers drunk and sober, combing over it all, shouting and laughing. While thronging everywhere were refugees—men, women and children—everybody and everything trying to get on the cars, all fleeing from the Yankees or worse still, the Negroes.” In the midst of all this, more terrible news finally caught up with the Stone family. Kate's little brother Walter, who had joined the army just months.
By now had become a prosperous businessman with leather-making enterprises in several Northern states, but he had also become an unbearable blowhard, inserting himself without welcome into local politics and deriding Julia's family as “that tribe of slaveholders.” Nevertheless Grant had few options, since he had just about worn out the largesse of the Dents, and so in the spring of 1860 he rented out the family slaves in Missouri and journeyed up the Mississippi to the little hillside town of.
Men could be kept in a frontline trench and still be fit for duty. At the time of the Civil War there was no such term as “shell shock,” or “combat fatigue,” but medical personnel did recognize an affliction called “neurasthenia,” or nervous breakdown, which was precisely the same thing. With little to do all day but dodge bullets, many men began to create what has come to be called “trench art.” In World War I troops on both sides fashioned elaborate decorations of amazing artistry out of the.
General and switched to the cavalry, in which he served under Sherman throughout the Battle of Atlanta. Afterward, when Sherman went east on his March to the Sea, Wilson went north to the Battle of Nashville, then returned south into the interior of Alabama, where he shamelessly burned all the buildings at the university except the president's mansion, which he spared because of its exceptional beauty. Afterward, Wilson at last brought Nathan Bedford Forrest to bay near Selma, Alabama, and.
All night in a violent sleet storm that had turned the weather icy again. All he found along the Corinth road were Rebel hospital tents filled with the dead and dying and those too injured to be moved. About six miles out Sherman encountered a Rebel encampment at an old logging site that had been clear-cut and, seeing gray-clad cavalry milling around inside it, ordered an attack. An infantry regiment was sent out as skirmishers, flanked by the cavalry regiment, while a brigade marched up behind.