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By Michael B. Ballard

In the Civil battle Mississippi skilled a prolonged and devastating invasion, and accomplice and Union armies fought fiercely at Corinth, Holly Springs, Iuka, Port Gibson, Vicksburg, and lots of different websites during the kingdom.

With either travelers and Civil conflict buffs in brain, archivist Michael Ballard has written Civil battle Mississippi: A Guide, the 1st complete assurance of the conflict within the nation. Containing easy-to-follow maps and a wealth of ancient fabric, the booklet discusses the campaigns, the present-day battlefields, the battles, and the warriors and generals who fought.

The warfare used to be advanced in Mississippi, for it concerned sieges, trench struggle, naval bombardments, and great cavalry engagements. essentially the most storied names of the war-- Ulysses S. provide, William T. Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and John Pemberton-- skilled their so much effective and harrowing moments on Mississippi battlegrounds.

Ballard captures all of the destruction, drama, and bravado of Mississippi's conflict. He examines the foremost campaigns, emphasizing why engagements happened, how the battles ended, and the way the struggle in Mississippi affected the continued fight national. Maps comprise present highways and Ballard has further present-day photographs and suggestions approximately traveling the websites.

Both the amateur and the Civil struggle specialist will have fun with this travel of the state's conflict legacy. Michael Ballard is college Archivist and Coordinator of the Congressional assortment for detailed Collections of the Mississippi country collage Libraries. writer of diverse works at the battle, he has released A lengthy Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the ultimate Days of the Confederacy, and Pemberton: A Biography with the collage Press of Mississippi. either have been historical past e-book membership selections.

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10 and Memphis, Tennessee, to the north, Union vessels controlled the river except for fortified points at Vicksburg and Port Hudson. ) On the river itself, the Confederacy had little navy to combat Union gunboats. The only bright spot had been the CSS Arkansas, a Rebel ironclad that had created consternation among the Federal navy around Vicksburg. However, the Arkansas malfunctioned and had to be scuttled while attempting to cooperate with Confederate forces in a failed attempt to retake Baton Rouge on August 5, 1862.

In fact, he had visions of clearing west Tennessee of the enemy, a difficult if not impossible task given his resources. But that had not stopped him at Pea Ridge, and it would not stop him now. Sterling Price's army had stopped for a rest at Baldwyn after its re- Page 24 treat from Iuka. On September 28, Price's men finally joined up with Van Dorn and his force from Vicksburg at the town of Ripley, southwest of Corinth. Revealing the nature of his strategic goal, Van Dorn named the combined forces the Army of West Tennessee.

S. Phillips Lee, the commander of the naval advance detachment, had demanded the surrender of Vicksburg on May 18. His message had been rejected emphatically both by the city's mayor and by Brigadier General Martin Luther Smith, commanding the Confederate defenses. Hearing of this rejection, Farragut had directed Lee to ''keep up a strict offensive blockade ... " Lee in turn criticized Farragut for not bringing the whole available Union naval force to bear immediately upon the Vicksburg defenses.

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