I hope folks have been paying attention: Timothy B. Smith has quietly been amassing an incredible body of work on the Vicksburg campaign these past couple years. Over the previous two summers, he covered the Union assaults at Vicksburg and then the Siege of Vicksburg. This summer, he backtracks to the beginning of the entire campaign with Early Struggles for Vicksburg: The Mississippi Central Campaign and Chickasaw Bayou, October 25-December 31, 1862.
The University Press of Kansas is to be lauded for doing this all up right. (Their marketing has not been as robust as it could be, at least from what I’ve seen, so if any of these books have been flying under your radar, go look for them. Otherwise, the volumes themselves are handsome and well put together.)
Add to that Tim’s work on Grierson’s Raid, The Real Horse Soldiers (Savas Beatie, 2018), and his early, definitive The Battle of Champion Hill (Savas Beatie, 2006), and that is a remarkable examination of one of the war’s most decisive campaigns. And he’s not done yet. Forthcoming books from Kansas will cover the spring 1863 efforts to get past Vicksburg and Grant’s overland campaign through Mississippi.
So here’s my question(s):
What do you think of Tim’s work on Vicksburg so far? What new insights have you gleaned? What’s been surprising?
And for those of you who haven’t read any of this yet, what are you waiting for? 😉