Vicksburg, 1863

By Winston Groom
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307276773, 482pp.)

Publication Date: April 20, 2010

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In this thrilling narrative history of the Civil War's most strategically important campaign, Winston Groom describes the bloody two-year grind that started when Ulysses S. Grant began taking a series of Confederate strongholds in 1861, climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg two years later. For Grant and the Union it was a crucial success that captured the Mississippi River, divided the South in half, and set the stage for eventual victory. Vicksburg, 1863 brings the battles and the protagonists of this struggle to life: we see Grant in all his grim determination, Sherman with his feistiness and talent for war, and Confederate leaders from Jefferson Davis to Joe Johnston to John Pemberton. It is an epic account by a masterful writer and historian.

About the Author
Winston Groom, a bestselling author, wrote the acclaimed Vietnam War novel "Better Times Than These", the prizewinning "As Summers Die", "Gone the Sun", and "Only. "He coauthored "Conversations with the Enemy", which was nominated for a 1984 Pulitzer Prize. His best known works are the #1 "New York Times "bestsellers "Forrest Gump "and "Gumpisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump". The phenomenal hit film "Forrest Gump "garnered six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Groom is also the author of "Shrouds of Glory", an account of Confederate General John Bell Hood s decisive actions in the lost great campaign of the Civil War. He lives in Point Clear, Alabama.
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