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Book Review: Vicksburg Besieged

Vicksburg Besieged Edited by Steve E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear Southern Illinois Press, 2020, $29.50 hardback Reviewed by Sean M. Chick It is inevitable that as Ulysses S. Grant’s stock has risen over the decades, more books on Vicksburg … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Perspective: Melville on Running the Batteries at Vicksburg

It was the spring of 1863, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was concocting a plan to seize the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. As President Abraham Lincoln had made clear, Vicksburg was key to achieving victory over the Confederates and ending … Continue reading

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Arkansas’s Role in the Vicksburg Campaign (part one)

ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Carson Butler. Part one of two. The Mississippi River is one of the most defining features of the North American continent, and during the American Civil War, it proved to be vital in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Storming Vicksburg

Storming Vicksburg: Grant, Pemberton, and the Battles of May 19-22, 1863 By Earl J. Hess University of North Carolina Press, 2020, $40.00 hardback Reviewed by Sean Michael Chick In 2020 Earl J. Hess and Timothy B. Smith, two of the … Continue reading

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BookChat with Steven Woodworth and Charles Grear, editors of Vicksburg Besieged

I have been spending a lot of time lately with the latest volume in Southern Illinois University Press’s “Civil War Campaigns in the West” Series, Vicksburg Besieged, edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear (see info on the … Continue reading

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The Forlorn Hope at Vicksburg

Google “Forlorn Hope” + “Civil War” and several desperate actions show up. “A forlorn hope,” says the Wikipedia entry, which shows up first, “is a band of soldiers or other combatants chosen to take the vanguard in a military operation, … Continue reading

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Space, “Western Theater” not the Final Frontier

(Editor’s Note: The ECW YouTube page will feature videos from Phill’s trip over the next few weeks, kicked off by this discussion, which is also available as an ECW Podcast.) Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a few battlefields … Continue reading

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William McLain: On the Subject of Surrendering

ECW welcomes guest author Dan Masters. By August 1864, William Mosby McLain of Co. B, 32nd Ohio Infantry had become an expert on the ins and outs of surrendering. Having taken part in two of the largest mass surrenders of … Continue reading

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And Then What Happened?: Abraham After 1863 (pt.4)

part four of a series Wait just a moment! A letter from P. T. Barnum? Really? And no discussion? Have no fear. Two topics need to be looked at in depth before the subject of Abraham is exhausted, and one … Continue reading

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Abraham’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame (pt. 3)

part three of a series Enslaved Abraham became Free Abraham in a matter of seconds. His body arched over the line from the Confederate 3rd Louisiana Redan to the Union 81st Illinois Volunteer Infantry. As the men in blue helped … Continue reading

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