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By Michael B. Ballard

ISBN-10: 1578061962

ISBN-13: 9781578061969

In the Civil struggle Mississippi skilled a chronic and devastating invasion, and accomplice and Union armies fought fiercely at Corinth, Holly Springs, Iuka, Port Gibson, Vicksburg, and lots of different websites through the nation.

With either travelers and Civil conflict buffs in brain, archivist Michael Ballard has written Civil conflict Mississippi: A Guide, the 1st entire assurance of the warfare within the kingdom. Containing easy-to-follow maps and a wealth of old fabric, the booklet discusses the campaigns, the present-day battlefields, the battles, and the warriors and generals who fought.

The conflict used to be complicated in Mississippi, for it concerned sieges, trench conflict, naval bombardments, and exceptional cavalry engagements. one of the most storied names of the war-- Ulysses S. supply, William T. Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and John Pemberton-- skilled their so much victorious and harrowing moments on Mississippi battlegrounds.

Ballard captures all of the destruction, drama, and bravado of Mississippi's warfare. He examines the foremost campaigns, emphasizing why engagements happened, how the battles ended, and the way the conflict in Mississippi affected the continued fight national. Maps comprise present highways and Ballard has extra present-day images and suggestions approximately traveling the websites.

Both the beginner and the Civil battle specialist will appreciate this travel of the state's struggle legacy. Michael Ballard is collage Archivist and Coordinator of the Congressional assortment for distinctive Collections of the Mississippi nation collage Libraries. writer of various works at the warfare, he has released A lengthy Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the ultimate Days of the Confederacy, and Pemberton: A Biography with the collage Press of Mississippi. either have been background e-book membership selections.

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Nashville, the Tennessee state capital, had been evacuated without a fight. So, while Confederate victories in Virginia had led to nothing more than a stalemate in the eastern theater, Union victories in the west had led to a marked occupation of Confederate territory and to massive Rebel manpower and materiel losses that could not be easily replaced. An emerging northern hero in the west, Ulysses S. Grant, a West Pointer and Mexican War veteran whose prewar endeavors outside the army had failed, now carried his army from Nashville on a southwesterly course toward northeast Mississippi.

Fire from the vicinity of Grand Gulf, Mississippi, provoked General Williams to burn the town, but the local citizenry convinced him that the guerrillas were not residents. Ironically, Grand Gulf would later be fortified by Confederate troops, and batteries emplaced there would be a major source of harassment for the Federal boats. On May 26, Farragut's guns opened up on Vicksburg for two hours. The Confederates exercised great restraint in responding. Initially, the lack of Rebel response was due to a lack of ammunition.

As in the first day of battle, Price's Confederates in the center and on the right bore the brunt of the fighting, and were the most effective. The Rebel charges were piecemeal and not coordinated, but the initial charge was quite effective. "One brigade after the other went gallantly into action," Van Dorn recalled. Green's and Maury's brigades drove the Federal troops of Davies, Stanley, and Hamilton into a rout. " Price's yelling troops fought their foes hand to hand in the streets of Corinth, forcing many Yankees to seek safety in houses.

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