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Ninety-Eight Days: Geographers View Vicksburg Campaign

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Grant's campaign against Vicksburg has been studied from a number of perspectives—but always with the outcome in the foreground. This documented history of the final phases of the Vicksburg Campaign, from March 29 through July 4, 1863, examines the actions of Union and Confederate commanders as they unfolded, reconstructing their decisions based only on what they knew at a ...more
Hardcover, 680 pages
Published August 30th 2000 by Univ Tennessee Press
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Apr 05, 2013 Roaldeuller rated it it was amazing
When I stumbled across this book on Amazon, my initial thoughts were: "mmm - professional geographer meets amateur Civil War buff. I wonder..." But the reviews were overwhelmingly positive, so after lingering for a few months on my wish list I finally clicked the "buy" button. And I am glad I did. As a long time reader of military history in general, and Civil War history specifically, I have found that the vast majority of detailed operational accounts bog down in the details of unit movement. ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
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The scholarship in Ninety-Eight Days is great, the writing is excellent, and I absolutely loved the structure: Grabau tells the story in parallel, from each side's perspective and knowing only what they know, as opposed to an omniscient third-party overhead view. While this doesn't make Pemberton look like a military genius, it definitely does make some of his errors and strange decisions a lot more understandable. He wasn't stupid; but he didn't know what he didn't know, he made some incorrect ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you read a book that can change your outlook on historical events, and this was one for me. Grabau is a geologist, and his study of the Vicksburg campaign puts the landscape - that crazy, changing and wildly different landscape of the Mississippi Valley - front and center of the narrative. Decisions that seem to make no sense suddenly become clear, once one understands the terrain, the geology, the land use, the road net, and the effects of weather and season on that part of the countr ...more
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Jan 21, 2015 Bill Daniels rated it it was amazing
This is an exceedingly detailed history of U.S. Grant's Vicksburg campaign.

Grant wrapped up his Vicksburg action the day after General George Meade defeated Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg.
Feb 01, 2017 Chad rated it it was amazing
A tour de force. The narrative is full of well-researched detail yet never bogs down. This is the very best analysis I've ever read of this masterful campaign. A joy to read!
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Ah, the Vicksburg staff ride tome.
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