Tag Archives: Vicksburg

Question of the Week: 9/26-10/2/16

Would you consider Vicksburg a combined campaign? How dependent was General Grant on the naval forces of Admiral David D. Porter?

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Announcing the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge

All of us at Emerging Civil War are proud to announce the speaker lineup for our Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge (August 4-6, 2017). This year’s theme is “Great Defenses of the Civil War.” Our outstanding … Continue reading

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The Stakes of Vicksburg

On April 30, and May 1, 1863, Union Major General U.S. Grant crossed his Army of the Tennessee over the Mississippi River south of Vicksburg. He then cut loose from his supply sources and plunged inland to surround the city … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: “America’s Fiery Trial” Symposium

This weekend marks the second annual Civil War symposium at the Victoria Read Public Library, in Flushing, Ohio. For the past two years event coordinator Roger Micker has put together a great lineup of speakers. Last years event paid tribute … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Vicksburg’s Old Courthouse Museum

“If you’re in Vicksburg, you have to go to the Old Courthouse Museum,” Rob Orrison told me. And so, upon Rob’s recommendation, I did. There atop one of Vicksburg’s tallest hills, in one of its most historic buildings, was one … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Pemberton’s HQ in Vicksburg

Considering how little John Pemberton wanted to be in Vicksburg, it’s a small wonder anyone would want to go there to visit him. Yet even today, his headquarters remains open for visitation a century and a half after the fall … Continue reading

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Coming to My Senses: A Review of Mark Smith’s The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War

Smith, Mark M. The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. A “Sensory History?” What is a “Sensory” history? The title certainly catches your attention and leaves … Continue reading

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Mediocre to Average? William T. Sherman as a Battlefield Commander

The subject of the post is a question that has been puzzling me for quite awhile. Indeed, one could consider this a Question of the Week, but on steroids. Was William T. Sherman, a man who remains in the pantheon … Continue reading

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James H. Wilson and the American Civil War

John Buford, Wesley Merritt, George Bayard, Thomas C. Devin. These are but a few of the names that more often than not come to mind when one thinks of the premier Union cavarymen of the Civil War. Certainly more names could be … Continue reading

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Sherman’s Bow Ties

During our tour of the Western Theater last month, Chris, Steph and I stopped in Meridian, Mississippi. Located in the eastern part of the state, the town was the junction of the Mobile and Ohio and the Jackson and Selma Railroads … Continue reading

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