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Winner of the Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt Literary Award.

Winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table’s Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Book Prize.

Winner of an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.  

"A superb account" (The Wall Street Journal) of the longest and most decisive military campaign of the Civil War in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which opened the Mississippi River, split the Confederacy, freed tens of thousands of slaves, and made Ulysses S. Grant the most important general of the war.

Vicksburg, Mississippi, was the last stronghold of the Confederacy on the Mississippi River. It prevented the Union from using the river for shipping between the Union-controlled Midwest and New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The Union navy tried to take Vicksburg, which sat on a high bluff overlooking the river, but couldn't do it. It took Grant's army and Admiral David Porter's navy to successfully invade Mississippi and lay siege to Vicksburg, forcing the city to surrender.

In this "elegant...enlightening...well-researched and well-told" (Publishers Weekly) work, Donald L. Miller tells the full story of this year-long campaign to win the city "with probing intelligence and irresistible passion" (Booklist). He brings to life all the drama, characters, and significance of Vicksburg, a historic moment that rivals any war story in history. In the course of the campaign, tens of thousands of slaves fled to the Union lines, where more than 20,000 became soldiers, while others seized the plantations they had been forced to work on, destroying the economy of a large part of Mississippi and creating a social revolution. With Vicksburg "Miller has produced a model work that ties together military and social history" (Civil War Times).

Vicksburg solidified Grant's reputation as the Union’s most capable general. Today no general would ever be permitted to fail as often as Grant did, but ultimately he succeeded in what he himself called the most important battle of the war - the one that all but sealed the fate of the Confederacy.

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©2019 Donald L. Miller (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Dennis Coello
  • 16-11-2019

Fantastic!

By far the most thorough analysis of the long and bloody approach to the taking of Vicksburg. A riveting narrative, with explanations of military and period-cultural terms and elements to allow lay readers a full understanding. The narration, like the writing and scholarship, is superb. A bravura performance all-round!

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  • TMac
  • 24-02-2020

Little About Vicksburg

Most of the book was about June 1862 - April 1863 pre-Vicksburg final campaign. Would have been much stronger if it focused post-Champion's Bend.

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  • John
  • 11-03-2020

A long slog

The battle for Vicksburg was a long slog, for both sides, and the present work reflects that. Unfortunately, as a reader seeking to be both informed and entertained, I find the book perhaps overly informative and, as a result, a grinding read. This is a book about war and the author recounts, in considerable detail, the gore, disease, and misery of this front in the struggle. I totally respect his desire to present the true face of war and not to dress things up. But it can sometimes make for grim reading. This is a book for the comited Civil War buff and for historians. For the ordinary guy or gal looking for a good read it is a long slog.

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  • Mary
  • 26-08-2020

A superb account of the entire campaign

I disagree with the reviewer who thought there should have been more focus on the last few months before the surrender. The book recounts the entire campaign, putting in context the problems Grant faced and his various attempts (successful and unsuccessful) to solve them. The only flaw is that the author devotes a bit too much attention to the conflicting evidence about Grant’s drinking. Be sure to download the PDF! It has a collection of excellent maps for the successive stages of the campaign. The maps are a great help in understanding how each part of the story fits into the overall picture.

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  • MJE
  • 19-07-2020

Add to Your Civil War Book List

A great book for history and Civil War fans. It is very capably written and performed. The book gives listeners a solid defense of the strategic importance of the Vicksburg campaign in the outcome of the war. Educational and fun.

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  • Kenneth M.
  • 20-06-2020

A must listen

If there is one audiobook to listen to leading up to July 4th, this is it! outstanding!!

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  • frank ritz
  • 17-06-2020

U. S. Grant/struggle for the Mississippi River

really powerful, between the primary accounts an the assessment from civilians perspective. I recommend it

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  • John K
  • 07-06-2020

good tea nice house.

A very good book. It was researched very well. Except it's pronounced Mini-ball, like mini skirt.

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  • Evan
  • 29-02-2020

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Great book you think everything you have learned about the battle you learn more. If you are a Civil War fan and want an in depth understand of Vickburg I recommend this book.

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  • Colin MacKenzie
  • 11-01-2020

Vicksburg

Great detail about the full campaign, and pulling everything together - as Grant did in the end. Excellent narration and good pace.

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