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By Michael B. Ballard

In the Civil conflict Mississippi skilled a prolonged 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 country.

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

The warfare used to be advanced in Mississippi, for it concerned sieges, trench struggle, naval bombardments, and tremendous cavalry engagements. one of the most storied names of the war-- Ulysses S. furnish, William T. Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and John Pemberton-- skilled their such a lot successful and harrowing moments on Mississippi battlegrounds.

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

Both the amateur and the Civil conflict professional will savor this travel of the state's battle legacy. Michael Ballard is collage Archivist and Coordinator of the Congressional assortment for precise Collections of the Mississippi country college Libraries. writer of various works at the struggle, 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 historical past ebook membership selections.

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Such grandiose ideas based on unrealistic means made Van Dorn a reckless battlefield commander. He demanded considerably more from his troops than they were able to deliver. Not that he had mediocre soldiers; indeed, some of the Confederacy's best fighters, especially Missourians, served under Van Dorn at Pea Ridge. They won the first day's fight, but Van Dorn crippled the second day's effort by ignoring some basic factors.  Confederate general defeated at Corinth. Credit: Ezra J. Warner, Generals in Gray, Baton Rouge: LSU Press though well designed, had been poorly coordinated, and therefore his army was not in the position he had hoped it would be in; and his Union foes were still very capable and in a strong defensive position.

New York: Harcourt Brace & World, 1961. Page 35 PART II VICKSBURG The Mississippi River was both an economic and a psychological factor for Union and Confederate commanders as they plotted their strategy in the west. For many years, the river had served as a vital waterway for midwestern farmers shipping their goods to the eastern states via the Gulf of Mexico. Development of railroads and canals had lessened dependence on the river before the war. Yet politicians, merchants, and farmers in the upper Mississippi Valley region did not like the idea of the river being closed because of Confederate artillery looming along the banks where the "Father of Waters" flowed through the Confederacy.

Where had he been during all the fighting? The answer appears to be that he, like Hébert, simply decided not to participate. , and considered by most southerners to be a Yankee, had been roundly vilified for abandoning New Orleans. A West Point graduate, also in the class of 1842, Lovell had been twice wounded in the Mexican War. Casting his lot with the South, Lovell seems to have lost whatever nerve he might have had in New Orleans. One of his brigadier generals at Corinth, the brilliant John Stevens Bowen, who would Page 33 make quite a name for himself in the upcoming Vicksburg campaign, noted in his battle report that, Lovell being absent, he took it upon himself to conduct a reconnaissance in force.

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