Vicksburg: Sentinels of Stone

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Vicksburg: Sentinels of Stone

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On July 4, 1863, two defeats assured the demise of the Confederate cause. From the ridges and meadows of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia retreated. After a forty-seven-day siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, shattered Confederate forces surrendered to the Union Army and General Ulysses S. Grant.

These two books of photographs by award-winning photojournalist Timothy T. Isbell commemorate the sacrifices made and the landscapes that were witness to violence and valor.

In Gettysburg: Sentinels of Stone, the battlefield's mighty panoramas are brought to life. Accompanying the eighty-five full-color photographs are stories of the soldiers who fought and citizens who witnessed this pivotal battle. These stories serve to bring special meaning to the photographs of statues, monuments, and terrain.

Gettysburg: Sentinels of Stone features new monuments added to the park in the last five years, including the Elizabeth Thorn monument and the 11th Mississippi monument, which has the distinction of being the final monument allowed on the Gettysburg battlefield. With its photographs and chronicle of events, Gettysburg: Sentinels of Stone offers the perfect keepsake for park visitors and anyone wanting a photographic record of Gettysburg's scenery.

Vicksburg: Sentinels of Stone reveals the breadth and scope of Grant's siege and the city's stalwart defense in eighty-five color photographs of the monuments, the bluffs, the Mississippi river, the redoubts, and the redans that remain in the national park.

Accompanying text explores the stories of the soldiers and citizens who participated in this devastating engagement. In words and images, Vicksburg: Sentinels of Stone creates an ideal memento and a superb photographic record of the monuments and scenery that make a visit to Vicksburg National Military Park an unforgettable encounter with Civil War history.

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"The Vicksburg National Military Park is one of the most impressively monumented in the United States. Tim Isbell has captured the artful essence and humanity of the monuments as well as illustrations of significant locations beyond the Park’s borders. The long, complex Vicksburg campaign has been relatively overlooked by historians and the American people, and Isbell’s work will surely help to rectify that unjust neglect."

–Michael B. Ballard, author of Vicksburg: The Campaign That Opened the Mississippi and U. S. Grant: The Making of a General, 1861-1863.

"Skillfully crafted and beautifully illustrated, Vicksburg: Sentinels of Stone tells the dramatic story of the Vicksburg campaign through the statues of stone and bronze that dot the landscape of one of America’s premier Civil War battlefields. With more than 1,300 monuments, markers, tablets, and plaques, Vicksburg is one of the more heavily monumented battlefields in the world. The park’s exquisite collection of statuary, executed by the foremost American and European sculptors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, has made Vicksburg, in the words of one Civil War veteran, the ‘art park of the world.’ Tim Isbell captures, as never before, the grandeur and majesty of the hallowed ground that is Vicksburg along with the solemnity and dignity of its monuments that serve to remind us of a time when brother fought brother in a nation then divided against itself."

–Terrence J. Winschel, author of Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign and Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River

These photographs capture the landscapes, history, and memories of the Civil War, and

* Feature 85 beautiful color photographs of the current national park

* Serve as a wonderful memento of a visit to the battlefield and an excellent introduction to much of the history commemorated in the monuments

* (When purchased with the companion volume, Gettysburg: Sentinels of Stone) Create a handsome set of volumes about these two battles that sealed the fate of the Confederacy

* Offers something to excite serious Civil War scholars and buffs as well as casual readers and park visitors— a combination of superb photos and accessible text

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Photographs that capture the battles, landscapes, history, and memories of the Civil War

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