Ninety-Eight Days: Geographers View Vicksburg Campaign
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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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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
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
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
Jon Klug
Ah, the Vicksburg staff ride tome.
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