Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg
The Battle of Champion Hill was the decisive land engagement of the Vicksburg Campaign. The May 16, 1863, fighting took place just 20 miles east of the river city, where the advance of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Federal army attacked Gen. John C. Pemberton's hastily gathered Confederates.
The bloody fighting seesawed back and forth until superior Union leadership broke apart the Southern line, sending Pemberton's army into headlong retreat. The victory on Mississippi's wooded hills sealed the fate of both Vicksburg and her large field army, propelled Grant into the national spotlight, and earned him the command of the entire U.S. armed forces.
Timothy Smith, who holds a Ph.D. from Mississippi State and works as a historian for the National Park Service, has written the definitive account of this long overlooked battle. His vivid prose is grounded upon years of primary research and is rich in analysis, strategic and tactical action, and character development.
Champion Hill will become a classic Civil War battle study.
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Champion Hill by Timothy B. SmithUser Review - civilwarrelichunter - Overstock.com
Champion Hill by Smith is an excellent historical report of an American Civil War battle that was one of the bloodiest in the war. There are books about many of the other more widely known battles but ... Read full review
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Grant's brilliant Vicksburg campaign has always stood in the shadow of the more famous actions of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Nobody has done more to restore the Vicksburg campaign to its proper ... Read full review