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The Final Fortress is the first comprehensive story of this prodigious struggle, from 1861, when the city was initially singled out by Lincoln as the key target for a major Union victory, through the grueling two=year effort to take it both by sea and by land. The great battle is examined from the strategic military standpoint offered by the Official Orders of the War, published by the Federal government, and through the intimate recollections of soldiers and civilians, Yankees and Rebels alike. The author vividly recounts the stories of a Union inventor creating a unique war machine; a Confederate engineer whose ship bests the Union Navy; a young Southern woman trapped within the walls of Vicksburg; a courier carrying his dispatches down the Mississippi on a floating log; Ulysses S. Grant in his private struggle with boredom and alcoholism; President Jefferson Davis's futile efforts to come to the rescue of the city of Vicksburg, and countless other human dramas. The Final Fortress is as readable as a novel and as compelling as the best of stories of men at war. No other book has dealt with the subject in such depth, or so elegantly woven the public and private histories of this critical Civil War site into a coherent whole. Samuel Carter's animation and literary skill make the Final Fortress an indispensable addition to the libraries of Civil War buffs in particular and historians in general. About the author: An eminent expert on the Civil War, Carter is the author of twenty books, most recently The Last Cavaliers (St. Martin's, 1979) and The Siege of Atlanta (1976).
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Book Description St Martin's Press. Hardcover. Condition: New. 031283926X Ships promptly from Texas. Seller Inventory # Z031283926XZN
Book Description St Martin's Press, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX031283926X
Book Description St Martin's Press, 1981. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M031283926X