War on the Mississippi : Grant's Vicksburg Campaign
Time-Life Civil War Series 2 of 27
This volume looks at the 1862-1863 Mississippi campaign, an operation designed to take the fortress-city of Vicksburg, the lynchpin between the bulk of the Confederacy and its far eastern states. Union General Ulysses S. Grant, who had made a name for himself over the previous year, launched several attempts to bypass Vicksburg in order to link up with General Butler's forces, which were moving upriver from New Orleans. None of these worked, but they served to keep the Federal troops engaged in operations rather than inactive in winter quarters. Grant would come up with a strategy which would allow him to outmanuever the Confederates, place Vicksburg under seige and capture it, marking the beginning of the end for the CSA. Discusses the Battles of Chickasaw Bluffs, Champion's Hill, Raymond, Port Gibson, Grand Gulf and Big Black, as well as Grierson's Raid.
Richly illustrated with maps, photos of artifacts, contemporary photos and artwork. Includes sidebars on the Pearl River POW "camp," a photo essay of prewar Vicksburg, a series of antebellum paintings of the Mississippi River, A Gallery of Western Cavalrymen, Port Hudson and the Union's Homespun Hero. An excellent book!
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Short that Federal soldiers subsisted on coffee, hardtack and whatever else they could scavenge from the countryside. army with the river, the safety of Mississippi depends unite your whole force." single road." Grant's reply outlined his unorthodox Private some excellent army lands on this side of ton no troops, but he offered advice: "If Grant's ply 50,000 w^ — could spare Pember- from Grand Gulf, he foresaw chaos, and sent a 1 almost a year before wild collection of vehicles.
A landing at Haynes' vessels soon steamed back down Grand Gulf. Confused by the Pemberton could not decide whether the river to feint, to heed Davis' counsel to stay in Vicksburg or Johnston's advice to come out and fight. Trying to do both, he moved cautiously out of the town with about 20,000 troops, but he left roughly 10,000 men behind. He concen109 Clearing the Bayou Teche In April 1863, Major General Nathaniel Banks launched a campaign in Louisiana to secure the west bank of.
Al preferred a third option — head south to General John Bowen S. W. Loring and cut Grant's supply line. To be sure, that too would leave Vicksburg unprotected; nevertheless, Pemberton judged "the only Champion's Hill was the key possibihty of success to be in the plan of cut- est points in that section, ting the enemy's communications." They were all unaware, of course, that Grant was fully prepared to continue the campaign even if his And supply line was cut. jor It.
"they lopped gently on us." As darkness fell the 116th Ilhnois and the 1st Battalion, 13th and provided cover, Kellogg's regiment fell back along with the other units that had been U.S. Infantry, managed to gain a foothold in similarly the fire that scythed through their ranks, but The 13th was Sherman's old Regular Army outfit, and one of its captains was his brother-in-law, Charles Ewing. Ewing seized the battalion colors after three men had fallen trying to plant the flag on the.