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Vicksburg: The Bloody Siege That Turned the Tide of the Civil War
- Narrated by: Robert E Anderson
- Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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Vicksburg is a dramatic account of the Confederate Army's attempts to capture the fortress of Vicksburg from October 1862 to July 1863, with a particular emphasis on the generalship of John C. Pemberton, the commander of the Confederate Army of Mississippi.
On July 4, 1863, Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg and the Army of Mississippi to Ulysses S. Grant. Pemberton was immediately denounced as a poor general, whose incompetence and indecision cost the South control of the impregnable fortress. Some Southern newspapers were especially harsh, pointing out that Pemberton was a Northerner (he was born in Philadelphia) and suggesting that treachery was behind the fall of "the Confederate Gibraltar."
He was thoroughly lambasted as being a bungling fool, a poor leader and a hopeless general. Historians have generally followed suit. Forgotten in all of this is the fact that Grant attempted to take or bypass Vicksburg nine times. In five of these attempts, he was fought to a standstill and sometimes convincingly defeated by none other than John C. Pemberton, who was outnumbered two to one and sometimes more. This is the incredible story of the Fall of Vicksburg.
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- Joseph Gillespie
Lost Cause tastic
Dr. Mitcham Jr., a professor of Earth Science should probably stick to that, rather than history.
The book opens with a rant on political correctness in academia. He claims that the war was not about slavery. This flys in the face of historians who resoundingly state otherwise. While he is correct in stating that not all Northerners fought to end slavery, his criticism lacks nuance and is altogether simplistic.
The book is full of inaccuracies from the beginning. I would not waist the money or the credits.
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- Kindle Customer
Great insight on a major Civil War Battle
Thought it was a great listen!! It explored a the chain of command on both sides that you don’t normally hear about. The facts were served as they should be, straight at you. I strongly recommend giving this a listen. I’m in the process of listening to it again. Which I hardly ever do with an audiobook!
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- Jack Kelly
I listened to this as me and my wife drove through Mississippi on our honeymoon. It was a great experience as we walked the battlefield
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