In the Civil War Mississippi experienced a protracted and devastating invasion, and Confederate and Union armies fought fiercely at Corinth, Holly Springs, Iuka, Port Gibson, Vicksburg, and many other sites throughout the state.
With both tourists and Civil War buffs in mind, archivist Michael Ballard has written Civil War Mississippi: A Guide, the first comprehensive coverage of the war in the state. Containing easy-to-follow maps and a wealth of historical material, the book discusses the campaigns, the present-day battlefields, the battles, and the soldiers and generals who fought.
The war was complex in Mississippi, for it involved sieges, trench warfare, naval bombardments, and brilliant cavalry engagements. Some of the most storied names of the war-- Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and John Pemberton-- experienced their most triumphant and harrowing moments on Mississippi battlegrounds.
Ballard captures all the destruction, drama, and bravery of Mississippi's war. He examines the major campaigns, emphasizing why engagements occurred, how the battles ended, and how the war in Mississippi affected the ongoing struggle nationwide. Maps include current highways and Ballard has added present-day photos and recommendations about touring the sites.
Both the novice and the Civil War expert will relish this tour of the state's war legacy. Michael Ballard is University Archivist and Coordinator of the Congressional Collection for Special Collections of the Mississippi State University Libraries. Author of numerous works on the war, he has published A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy, and Pemberton: A Biography with the University Press of Mississippi. Both were History Book Club selections.
|Iuka and Corinth||p. 11|
|Silent Guns: The Battle of Iuka||p. 15|
|Van Dorn's Folly: The Battle of Corinth||p. 22|
|Gunboats: The First Attack on Vicksburg||p. 39|
|Grant's Failures: Vicksburg, October 1862-April 1863||p. 45|
|Grant Triumphant: Vicksburg, Final Campaign and Siege||p. 55|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 74|
|Meridian, Brice's Cross Roads, and Tupelo||p. 75|
|Securing a Victory: The Meridian Campaign||p. 77|
|The Wizard's Magic: The Battle of Brice's Cross Roads||p. 89|
|Turning the Tables: The Battle of Tupelo||p. 99|
|Suggestions for Further Reading||p. 109|
|Conclusion: The Legacy of the War in Mississippi||p. 110|
|Touring the War||p. 115|
|Major Campaigns and Battles||p. 121|
|Other Engagements||p. 123|
|Civil War Cemeteries||p. 127|
|Other places to Visit||p. 130|
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Number Of Pages: 277
Published: 10th March 2000
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.19