A handbook to the state's Civil War battles, battlefields, and sites to visit
In the Civil War Mississippi
experienced a protracted and devastating invasion, and Confederate and
Union armies fought fiercely at Corinth, Holly Springs, Iuka, Port Gibson,
Vicksburg, and many other sites throughout the state.
With both tourists and Civil War buffs
in mind, archivist Michael Ballard has written Civil War Mississippi: A
Guide, the first comprehensive coverage of the war in the state. Containing
easy-to-follow maps and a wealth of historical material, the book discusses
the campaigns, the present-day battlefields, the battles, and the soldiers
and generals who fought.
The war was complex in Mississippi, for
it involved sieges, trench warfare, naval bombardments, and brilliant cavalry
engagements. Some of the most storied names of the war-- Ulysses S. Grant,
William T. Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and John Pemberton-- experienced
their most triumphant and harrowing moments on Mississippi battlegrounds.
Ballard captures all the destruction, drama,
and bravery of Mississippi's war. He examines the major campaigns, emphasizing
why engagements occurred, how the battles ended, and how the war in Mississippi
affected the ongoing struggle nationwide. Maps include current highways
and Ballard has added present-day photos and recommendations about touring
Both the novice and the Civil War expert
will relish this tour of the state's war legacy.
Michael Ballard is University Archivist and Coordinator of the Congressional
Collection for Special Collections of the Mississippi State University
Libraries. Author of numerous works on the war, he has published A Long
Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy, and Pemberton:
A Biography with the University Press of Mississippi. Both were History
Book Club selections.