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Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg: The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War

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It’s a poignant irony in American history that on Independence Day, 1863, not one but two pivotal Civil War battles ended in Union victory, marked the high tide of Confederate military fortune, and ultimately doomed the South’s effort at secession. But on July 4, 1863, after six months of siege, Ulysses Grant’s Union army finally took Vicksburg and the Confederate west.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by National Geographic (first published 2010)
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Steven Peterson
Well known Civil War historian and National Park Service legend Edwin Bearss is the primary author of a detailed examination of the battles at Vicksburg and Gettysburg. The Union victories at both battlefields essentially marked, in the book title's terms, a receding of the Comnfederate tide. J. Parker Hills, a military officer with considerable knowledge of the Civil War adds his commentary (in italics).

While the details regarding Gettysburg do not add great insights into our understanding of t
A dual exposition on both these important campaigns which, being victories for the North, sealed the losing fate of the Confederacy. They are covered simultaneously in real time, with the emphasis initially on Vicksburg (a much longer campaign) and then shifting to Gettysburg as the action intensified in the East after mid-June 1863 (Vicksburg was already under siege and major combat actions were minimal), with an occasional nod to other theaters and events in Washington and Richmond included as ...more
Carl Wade
Pg 303: Bliss farm marked on map along with several other farms but not in the index.
Pg 392: Anderson, Geo. T "Tige" has several entries in the index.
Pg 342: Anderson split a huge gap between 17th Maine & the 5th Michigan. 115th PA and 8th NJ rushed in to fill the gap. The 8th & 9th GA penetrated a gap on the right of the 8th NJ which raced to the rear. The 8th GA was from Savannah and 1st Lt. Fredrick Bliss was in command of Co. B. CSA is then beaten back by Sykes 5th Corps. Is this whe
Don Garvey
Very disapointing. This is essentially a transcript of the presentation of a battlefield guide. If you are interested in what regiment fought which regiment then you will like this book. If your interest is in the bigger picture, you're out of luck. For example, there is virtually no mention of the conditions in Vicksburg during the siege. For example you would never know that there were civilians in the city.

More importantly I would have liked to see some discussion of impact of the loss of Vi
This book is a detailed coverage of the battles at Vicksburg and Gettysburg and how the outcomes changed the result of the war. It was very detailed and had interesting side notes about the people fighting. His conclusion is that these two battles turned the tide permanently against the rebellion.
A very good book about the two battles that really changed the civil war.Mr. Bearss is very knowlegable on the civil war and gives you information that you would not find in some other history books. A great read for those who want to know more about the civil war.
Excellent comparison of the 2 parallel campaigns
Lots of detail gives insight into the political and military decisions of the time
Well written book abot these two campaigns. Ed has a wealth of knowledge. The book was really a story which he told very well.
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