400 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 24 halftones, 16 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6017-2
Published: October 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6018-9
Published: September 2020
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In Storming Vicksburg, military historian Earl J. Hess reveals how a combination of rugged terrain, poor coordination, and low battlefield morale among Union troops influenced the result of the largest attack mounted by Grant’s Army of the Tennessee. Using definitive research in unpublished personal accounts and other underutilized archives, Hess makes clear that events of May 19–22 were crucial to the Vicksburg campaign’s outcome and shed important light on Grant’s generalship, Confederate defensive strategy, and the experience of common soldiers as an influence on battlefield outcomes.
About the Author
Earl J. Hess is Stewart W. McClelland Chair in History at Lincoln Memorial University and award-winning author of many books on the Civil War, including, most recently, Fighting for Atlanta: Tactics, Terrain, and Trenches in the Civil War.
For more information about Earl J. Hess, visit the Author Page.
"Has deservedly reached the apex of Vicksburg scholarship to date and does justice to its author's historical acumen. Highly recommended for all U.S. Middle Period and Civil War historians and biographers, together with students of military command and field strategy."--Library Journal, starred review
“Storming Vicksburg is based upon a large and richly diverse collection of primary and secondary sources. This mountain of material is skillfully incorporated into a comprehensive narrative account of the fighting, one that assesses the full breadth of command decisions and vividly records battlefield experiences of all ranks on both sides.”--Civil War Books and Authors
"Storming Vicksburg tells the story of the most decisive struggle of the Civil War in vast detail and a splendid sweep of analysis."--Steven E. Woodworth, author of The Great Struggle: America's Civil War
"Earl Hess is one of the finest analysts of Civil War operations now at work. Historians have long tended to treat Grant's assaults against Vicksburg on May 19 and May 22 merely as a prelude to the lengthy siege that ensued. In this fascinating book, Hess demonstrates that the attacks deserve close attention in their own right and offers a measured reappraisal of both Grant and his Confederate counterpart, John C. Pemberton."--Mark Grimsley, author of The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865