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Vicksburg, 1863 By Winston Groom,

  • Title: Vicksburg, 1863
  • Author: Winston Groom
  • ISBN: 9780307264251
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A riveting history of the battle that permanently turned the tide of the Civil War.While Gettysburg is better known, Winston Groom makes clear in this engrossing narrative that Vicksburg was the important battle from a strategic point of view Re creating the epic campaign that culminated at Vicksburg, Groom details the arduous struggle by the Union to gain control ofA riveting history of the battle that permanently turned the tide of the Civil War.While Gettysburg is better known, Winston Groom makes clear in this engrossing narrative that Vicksburg was the important battle from a strategic point of view Re creating the epic campaign that culminated at Vicksburg, Groom details the arduous struggle by the Union to gain control of the Mississippi River valley and to divide the Confederacy in two He takes us back to 1861, when Lincoln chooses Ulysses S Grant seen at the time as a mediocre general with a drinking problem to lead the Union army south from Illinois.We follow Grant and his troops as they fight one campaign after another, including the famous engagements at Forts Henry and Donelson and the bloodbath at Shiloh, until, after almost a year, they close in on Vicksburg We witness Grant s seven long months of battle against the determined Confederate army, and the many failed Union attempts to take Vicksburg, during which thousands of soldiers on both sides would be buried and, ultimately, the fate of the Confederacy would be sealed As Groom recounts this landmark confrontation, he brings the participants to life We see Grant in all his grim determination, the feistiness of William Tecumseh Sherman, and the pride and intransigence of Confederate leaders from Jefferson Davis and General Joseph E Johnston to General John C Pemberton, the Philadelphia born Rebel who commanded at Vicksburg and took the blame for losing.A first rate work of military history and an essential contribution to our understanding of the Civil War.
    Vicksburg A riveting history of the battle that permanently turned the tide of the Civil War While Gettysburg is better known Winston Groom makes clear in this engrossing narrative that Vicksburg was the impor

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    1. Does this scenario sound familiar a society riven by controversy with each side taking increasingly rigid positions a new form of communications technology that permits news to travel in seconds which used to require days, Supreme Court decisions that seem to feed the flames of divisiveness, and massive immigration from other countries seeking filling the need for cheap labor in factories and farms Such was the situation just before the Civil War Slavery was the issue, the telegraph provided nea [...]

    2. Groom has 5 star writing skills and it shows in this work However, there are too many factual errors and recounting of anecdotes once thought to be real but that scholars have shown to be either apocryphal or pure fiction such as Cadwallader s accounts of Grant and the bottle Additionally, the first two hundred pages of this 450 work are a general overview of the entire war Still, it was enjoyable to read and can function as a good introduction to Grant s campaign.

    3. A vivid, well crafted history of the final campaign for Vicksburg Groom s book is of an overview, and he includes all of the relevant context regarding the war, the political situation, and even finance Groom argues that Vicksburg was the most significant battle of the war but never returns to this argument in his text He does do a fine job fleshing out the personalities involved.However, the narrative is a bit disjointed There are also a few errors Groom writes that John Brown was tried in a f [...]

    4. If you are looking for a general account of the Vicksburg Campaign this certainly fits the bill Mr Groom covers the entire campaign to wrest control of the Mississippi River during the Civil War and although a very general study he does a competent job I would like to be enthusiastic, but the work was filled with cliches and not a few inaccuracies that left questions about the research For example he mentions that the Battle of Antietam was fought at the drowsy little village of Antietam It was [...]

    5. Having read very little about civil war battles, and indeed, having read very little of military strategy, I was astonished at a continual scene of missteps and disasters Misjudging the enemy, bad information, cowardly generals, men sent to be slaughtered because of the bad information it s all here, and much It seemed like every page had at least one, and sometimes multiple agonies Although written mostly from the Union perspective, both sides had their share of troubles Several female diaries [...]

    6. Marred by errors and Lost Cause angles stick to Forrest Gump, Winston Groom does a good job of looking at the Vicksburg campaign from its start in 1862 No idea whether he, or an editor, chose Vicksburg 1863 as the title, though, when it s clearly wrong.Anyway, Groom does a good job of looking at the whole, year plus series of efforts to take Vicksburg before Grant succeeded on July 4, 1863 In doing so, he personalizes the history with anecdotes about Grant s drinking, the campaign, and Northern [...]

    7. My family and I took a road trip that included many of the battlefields of Grant s move south in 1862 and 1863, culminating in the siege of Vicksburg the south finally capitulated on July 4, 1863.My husband was reading Grant Moves South by Bruce Catton I read this, which may be titled inaccurately because it covered the same ground as Catton s book, though perhaps with different levels of detail.I ve read other reviews trashing Groom for his academic scholarship and, being a Western Theater neop [...]

    8. To Mr Groom s critics Leave him alone, what s wrong with being a good storyteller Maybe history would be appreciated if it was well told My takeaways As in Grant s memoirs I was struck by the role of the navy in the Civil War, of course and especially in the battles for the Mississippi All sorts of commanders and troops tried to conquer Vicksburg a total of 9 times After the last such failure came the siege Pemberton is much villified, and often rightly so His commanders must share the respon [...]

    9. very good book on the Vicksburg campaign of the civil war, taking place during the same time the Gettysburg battle was being fought It was the the victory for the Union forces that told the Southerners that victory wasn t going to happen for them Vicksburg did not celebrate a 4th of July celebration until the 1940 s or so.

    10. Disappointed I like the topic, but the style of writing is juvenile And boring Couldn t read but few pages.

    11. Detailed, highly readable, history of the campaign that made Grant s reputation the battle for Vicksburg In 1862, it had become clear to everyone that the initial estimate that the war would only last six months a delusion shared by both sides was wildly off base As the Eastern theater began to look and like it would devolve into an extended stalemate, both sides recognized that control of the Mississippi River was key If it was controlled by the South, then it could easily ship supplies from [...]

    12. Excellent narrative of the Mississippi River campaigns and the Vicksburg Campaign Contrary to the year in the title, this book does not only focus on the year 1863, but looks all the way back to 1862, when the first major Union movements launched down the Mississippi to occupy the country s artery Groom does a wonderful job at telling the story, but I did wish there was discussion on the aftermath of the campaign and its strategic importance overall.

    13. Awesome My great great great Uncle was in the 11th Wisconsin, Company A, in this battle, and I loved the book s detail and thoroughness It s a description of the entire civil war in the West, and why Vicksburg was so pivotal The descriptions of naval river combat, mortars, and civilians under siege were eye opening.

    14. Groom makes a solid contribution towards the mass of Vicksburg titles out there The book shows the campaign through the eyes of soldiers in the trenches as well as the big name generals This book deserves a place on the shelf next to Edwin C Bearss Decision in Mississippi trilogy A thoroughly readable book for private enrichment about the decisive Vicksburg campaign.

    15. Traces Grants campaigns through Tennesseeand into Mississippi with the final siege and7 or 8 attempts to take Vicksburg.

    16. My knowledge of the Civil War is sparse, so I was quite shocked by the following passage in Vicksburg, 1863 about the aftermath of Shiloh.The American public, North and South, was shocked, then outraged, as news of the deadly struggle became known Approximately 20,000 men had been killed and wounded in about equal numbers for each side Moreover, the Union had lost nearly 3,000 captured and the Confederates some 1,000 Nothing like it had ever happened before in the Western Hemisphere indeed, men [...]

    17. If you love American civil war history, you ll find Vicksburg, 1863, to be a good read Although it discusses in considerable detail the story of the defense and tragic loss of Vicksburg for the South, the writing is clear and moves along nicely.The story within the story is really the most interesting thread how U.S Grant, having failed at everything he tried, eventually rose to the command of all Union forces A West Point graduate but unsuccessful junior army office, he resigned his commission [...]

    18. We all know the Civil War ended in the spring of 1865 after Sherman s march to the sea and after Grant finally stopped Lee in Virginia In his book Vicksburg 1863 Winston Groom doesn t focus on those events but they are, in a way, the subject of his book For his main point is that the destructive events of 1864 1865 probably didn t have to happen The war should have ended in 1863 when Union forces gained control of the Mississippi river at the battle of Vicksburg Control of the Mississippi river [...]

    19. Winston Groom is a frustrating author As an experienced fiction writer who sometimes turns his pen to nonfiction, he is usually a very easy and entertaining read But as a non scholar writing for a non scholarly audience, he eschews citations and even a proper bibliography Sometimes the result is pretty good, other times the shortcomings shown through.I have read several of Groom s other non fiction books Shrouds of Glory, New Orleans, Shiloh and would say this is the weakest of the bunch Far too [...]

    20. This is the first book that I have read by Winston Groom, and it has made me a big fan of his HIs writing is excellent with lots of use of the vernacular all hell broke loose is one of his common expressions to accurately portray a particularly ferocious part of a battle The book is, therefore, extremely interesting to read and hard to put down In addition to giving a detailed account of the siege of Vicksburg and the preceding efforts by Grant to take it, Groom provides three valuable insights [...]

    21. THe title may be a bit misleading but this is a very well written account of the battles in the West that culminated with the surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 Groom covers the battles that led to this siege and surrender and goies into detail about the major personalities of the campaign Grant, Sherman, Pemberton, Johnston The campaign is complex with involvement of different armies and fleets from the Union and he does a good job of explaining the various movements as well as the politica [...]

    22. While Winston Groom is probably better known for his fiction, especially his hit novel Forrest Gump, he has written several volumes of military history, and this is his second one on the American Civil War.As a southerner, he has some minor biases in his phrasing, and he occasionally loses track of numbers he accounts for 13 of the 11 Confederate states in one passage , but his narrative skills make for a very interesting read, as he covers the campaign to take this crucial city on the Mississip [...]

    23. Winston Groom s Vicksburg, 1863 is a bit ponderous and slow moving, like the Vicksburg campaign itself, but that is largely to its credit As a military historian, Groom s talent lies in explaining the complexities of military strategy to liberal arts majors Here, Groom s focus is on logistics specifically, how you move a large army through a trackless wilderness, past a mighty fortress, and set it up for a lengthy siege Groom centers his tale around General Grant, following him through early vic [...]

    24. Another book by the same author that wrote Shiloh This book gives some of the same details about Ulysses S Grant, Sherman and others I didn t realize much of the information about Jefferson Davis With the fall of Vicksburg, the Union controlled the Mississippi River and the Confederacy was divided The outcome of the war was essentially decided and it is unfortunate that Jefferson Davis insisted on carrying on with the fight Sherman s attitude was one of Hard war and he is famous for his march to [...]

    25. I enjoyed the book I couldn t wait to get back to it But it sure wasn t focussed on Vicksburg, 1863 Covers the whole war from the start up to that point Since I saw that there is a book by this author about Shiloh, which gets extensive coverage in this book, I wonder how focussed that one is But I will still read it I read this as an e book The e book would have been better with maps intersperced with the text I ve read e books that do that You get lost in place names here All the maps in one pl [...]

    26. The author s writing style is weak, and his use of military terms without definition distracting The title isn t suitable because only the last three chapters are about Vicksburg I learned new to me information about the six month build up to the actual Vicksburg campaign, including the use of the Union navy on the Mississippi, and a good deal about the personalities and abilities of the generals involved Grant, Pemberton, Sherman, etc , but very little about the average infantry man s experienc [...]

    27. An interesting study of the Vicksburg campaign which actually began in 1862 Apart from some surprising errors in fact, the author presents a highly enjoyable study of the struggle to capture a vital key to control of the Mississippi River and essentially make the war unwinnable for the south I found perhaps the most enjoyable part of the book was the period after the surrender with anecdotes about the lives of some of the personalities, great and small, involved in the battle and about the creat [...]

    28. I loved this book The story of Union efforts to gain control of the Mississippi and cut the Western half of the confederacy off from the East is a fascinating one People tend to focus on the fighting in the east, this book argues, persuasively, that the most decisive blow in the war was struck in the west, at Vicksburg It s a story with as many twists and turns as the Mississipi itself, and Winston Groom finds all the drama while explaining the important details This is fantastic popular history [...]

    29. Winston Groom is simply a great storyteller, and this book is great history One perfectly ordinary, randomly selected example Sherman s flotilla had come steaming up the muddy Yazoo River in a great fire belching parade the likes of which had not yet been seen in the history of war The big ironclads led the way, blasting anything and everything ahead and on both banks that looked like it might contain a Rebel Rich and delicious prose just like that continues for page after wonderful page I love [...]

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