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Vicksburg In American TimeOn July 4, 1863, Confederate General John Pemberton surrendered the City of Vicksburg and its defending Army to General Ulysses Grant ending a long campaign and siege and giving the Union uncontested control of the Mississippi River. It was a great victory, probably the decisive event of the Civil War; but it has been overshadowed in the memory of most people by the Union Army's simultaneous victory at Gettysburg from July 1 -- July 3, 1863.The military history of the V...
Christopher Waldrep is extraordinarily detailed and well versed with his resources. You would be hard pressed to read through this book if you don't already have a fairly extensive background of Vicksburg, Mississippi's history during the Civil War and after. The book, as stated, focuses on Vicksburg's intrinsic role in the American Civil War and then what followed after, focusing on such things as reconciliation, race relations, and the military park that was eventually erected. Throughout the
I expected something different from this book, so since it is not what I expected, I was disappointed and am inclined to give it a low rating. Waldrep is obviously very well versed in the subject and appears to have completed very thorough research based on the sheer number of sources he has referenced or mentioned, but this made the book and topic a bit dense for me. I was hoping to learn more about the conditions of Vicksburg under siege, but Waldrep did not go into much detail on this, focusi...
I had high hopes for this one, but I think the author got too ambitious. It should have been two books: one about the establishment of the memorial and one about race relations during and after the war. As it ended up, it was a book that never gelled. It had interesting factoids throughout but I wanted more.