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Record of the Organizations Engaged in the Campaign, Siege, and Defense of Vicksburg

Kountz, John S.

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ISBN 10: 1572337605 / ISBN 13: 9781572337602
Published by Univ of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 2011
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Fine charcoal grey cloth in fine dust wrapper. 8vo 186 pgs. Index and notes. Introduction by Timothy B. Smith. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 014189

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Title: Record of the Organizations Engaged in the ...

Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Press, Knoxville

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: B&W Photos Maps and Tables

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Stated

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    Large numbers of Civil War veterans remembered and reminisced about their war experiences, but only a relative few dedicated the rest of their lives to the task of commemorating their long-ago deeds. John S. Kountz was one of this latter group. Kountz joined the Thirty-seventh Ohio Infantry in September 1861 as a fifteen-year-old drummer boy and later, under General William T. Sherman, endured the long siege at Vicksburg before helping to win control of the city in July 1863. In 1899 the War Department appointed Kountz as the official historian at the newly designated Vicksburg National Military Park. As part of his duties, he produced two major works, an organizational chronicle of the armies that fought at Vicksburg and an unpublished narrative of the campaign and siege. This welcome volume presents both of these extremely rare documents together for the first time, providing a valuable resource for a new generation of scholars and enthusiasts.
    Record of the Organizations Engaged in the Campaign, Siege, and Defense of Vicksburg was published in a limited edition by the Government Printing Office in 1901 and offered visitors and historians a detailed examination of the various commands that fought at Vicksburg. The record has long been an essential but hard-to-find source for historians. Kountz’s impressive 116-page campaign overview is rarer still. Because of turnover at the park and Kountz’s death in 1909, the manuscript never saw publication and has, until now, lain buried in the archives at Vicksburg. Offering an unbiased account of both sides of the battle, it delves into the minds of the commanders, examines their decision-making processes, and articulates several opinions that have sparked debate ever since.
    With a new introduction by noted historian Timothy B. Smith, this significant work makes widely available an important history by a participant in the action and opens a fascinating window into the history of Civil War scholarship.

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TIMOTHY B. SMITH teaches history at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He is the author of This Great Battlefield of Shiloh: History, Memory, and the Establishment of a Civil War National Military Park; Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg; and The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield.

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