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May 18 - July 4, 1863

Warren County, Mississippi

In May and June of 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s armies converged on Vicksburg, investing the city and entrapping a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton. On July 4, Vicksburg surrendered after prolonged siege operations. This was the culmination of one of the most brilliant military campaigns of the war. With the loss of Pemberton’s army and this vital stronghold on the Mississippi, the Confederacy was effectively split in half. Grant's successes in the West boosted his reputation, leading ultimately to his appointment as General-in-Chief of the Union armies.
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"Starve Them to Death"

Bob Zeller traces the long, grueling campaign to capture Vicksburg and describes how it cemented Grant's stature as the North’s greatest general.

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The Wrong Man at the Wrong Place

Robbie Smith discusses the shortcomings of Confederate Gen. John Pemberton and their effect on the Vicksburg campaign.

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The mighty Mississippi was the interstate highway of its day. Terry Winschel describes its importance during the Civil War

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"Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign"
by Terrence Winschel

Terry Winschel weaves a lifetime of professional experience into this remarkable study.

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"Vicksburg is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River"
by William L. Shea, Terrence J. Winschel

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.

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