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Civil War Mississippi : A Guide - Michael B. Ballard

Civil War Mississippi

A Guide

Paperback Published: 10th March 2000
ISBN: 9781578061969
Number Of Pages: 277

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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.

Prefacep. 9
Iuka and Corinthp. 11
Silent Guns: The Battle of Iukap. 15
Van Dorn's Folly: The Battle of Corinthp. 22
Vicksburgp. 35
Gunboats: The First Attack on Vicksburgp. 39
Grant's Failures: Vicksburg, October 1862-April 1863p. 45
Grant Triumphant: Vicksburg, Final Campaign and Siegep. 55
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 74
Meridian, Brice's Cross Roads, and Tupelop. 75
Securing a Victory: The Meridian Campaignp. 77
The Wizard's Magic: The Battle of Brice's Cross Roadsp. 89
Turning the Tables: The Battle of Tupelop. 99
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 109
Conclusion: The Legacy of the War in Mississippip. 110
Touring the Warp. 115
Major Campaigns and Battlesp. 121
Other Engagementsp. 123
Civil War Cemeteriesp. 127
Other places to Visitp. 130
Indexp. 133
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ISBN: 9781578061969
ISBN-10: 1578061962
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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

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