The Civil War in Mississippi
Major Campaigns and Battles
The only volume dedicated entirely to the military history of an embattled Deep South state
From the first Union attack on Vicksburg in the spring of 1862 through Benjamin Grierson's last raid through Mississippi in late 1864 and early 1865, this book traces the campaigns, fighting, and causes and effects of armed conflict in central and North Mississippi, where major campaigns were waged and fighting occurred.
The Civil War in Mississippi: Major Campaigns and Battles will be a must-read for any Mississippian or Civil War buff who wants the complete story of the Civil War in Mississippi. It discusses the key military engagements in chronological order. It begins with a prologue covering mobilization and other events leading up to the first military action within the state's borders. The book then covers all of the major military operations, including the campaign for and siege of Vicksburg, and battles at Iuka and Corinth, Meridian, Brice's Crossroads, and Tupelo. The colorful cast of characters includes such household names as Sherman, Grant, Pemberton, and Forrest, as well as a host of other commanders and soldiers. Author Michael B. Ballard discusses at length minority troops and others glossed over or lost in studies of the Mississippi military during the war.
With clarity and precision, passion and flair, Dr. Michael Ballard pens a stirring narrative of the campaigns and battles in Mississippi that helped decide the Civil War. The Magnolia State experienced war in all its horror from 1861 to 1865 and sacrificed the lifeblood of its soldiers and civilians on scores of battlefields from Iuka and Corinth, to Brice's Crossroads, Tupelo, and Meridian, and those that comprised the Vicksburg campaigns. This is Civil War historiography at its finest; and the military history of Mississippi during the nation's most turbulent period is chronicled in this comprehensive, yet compact, volume produced with the intimacy and skill of the state's foremost authority.- Terrence J. Winschel, historian of the Vicksburg National Military Park and author of Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, vols. 1-2
Mississippi was a key battleground in the Civil War, and Michael Ballard brings that fact to life in this crisp, clear, and authoritative account of the campaigns and battles that sealed the fate of the Confederacy.- William L. Shea, author of Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign
Michael Ballard brings a mastery of historical sources to this splendid overview of military events in Mississippi during the Civil War. His engaging narrative addresses important battles and campaigns and offers insightful portraits of leading figures on both sides--while at the same time placing operations in Mississippi within the broader framework of the war. It will be the obvious first book to read on the topic for a long time.- Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor of History at University of Virginia and author of The Confederate War