Storming Vicksburg

Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863

By Earl J. Hess

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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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.

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"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

“There is much to admire. . . . All in all, this is a fine work.”—Emerging Civil War

“Exceptional. . . . [T]horoughly researched and provide[s] detailed and compelling accounts of the battles of May 19 and 22 from the perspectives of both the high commands and the men at the proverbial tip of the spear.”—Journal of Southern History

Storming Vicksburg is a masterpiece from an exceptional historian.”—North Carolina Historical Review

"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