Vicksburg by Michael B. Ballard
The Campaign That Opened the Mississippi (Civil War America)

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Michael Ballard provides a concise yet thorough study of the 1863 battle that cut off a crucial river port and rail depot for the South and split the Confederate nation, providing a turning point in the Civil War. The Union victory at Vicksburg was hailed with as much celebration in the North as the Gettysburg victory and Ballard makes a convincing case that it was equally important to the ultimate resolution of the conflict.

About Michael B. Ballard

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Michael B. Ballard is author of "Civil War Mississippi: A Guide" and many other books. He is a professor and University Archivist and Coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center at Mississippi State University Libraries. He is also associate editor of the Grant Papers from the Ulysses S. Grant Association. He lives in Ackerman, Mississippi.
Published October 25, 2004 by The University of North Carolina Press. 508 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Ballard is not likely to change anyone's mind, but his Vicksburg: The Campaign That Opened the Mississippi is a thorough, well-researched account of the Vicksburg campaign, the climax of the Union victories in the West.

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Ballard claims Grant did not support McClernand in battle as he did his other corps commanders, James McPherson and William T.

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