American Civil War Fortifications: v. 3: The Mississippi and River Forts - Fortress No. 68 (Paperback)
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American Civil War Fortifications: v. 3: The Mississippi and River Forts - Fortress No. 68 (Paperback)

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The Mississippi River, the second longest in the US, played a decisive role in the American Civil War. The Confederate fortifications were put to the test in the lengthy Federal campaign of 1862-63, aimed at cutting off the Rebel states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas and creating a blockade of this trade route. Vicksburg was a fortress city, known as the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy"; the initial Federal attack on May 19, 1863 failed to take the city, and a state of siege ensued, which saw the creation of a complex system of trenches, tunnels, mines, and batteries to invest the place. This book examines these and other sites, and the role they played in the war.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781846031946
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 248 x 186 x 7 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

..".this worthwhile review of an important topic is valuable for anyone interested in 19th century fortifications." --Bolling Smith, Coastal Defense Journal (February 2008)

"This book explores the defensive Civil War constructs of the Mississippi River valley, focusing on Vicksburg, which boasted a network of forts, rifle pits, and cannon embrasures. Also examined are numerous other strongholds, including New Orleans, Port Hudson, New Madrid, and forts Henry and Donelson. A section titled 'Visiting the Forts Today' is included." --Laura O. Wilson, Missouri Historical Review (July 2008)

"This book by Ron Field is an outstanding addition to the Fortress series and one that no student of the genre should be without." --Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (November 2007)

"The information on some of these lesser known fortifications and the guide value to Vicksburg certainly make this book a useful addition along with the author's other volume on Civil War fortifications." --J.E. Kaufmann, SITEO Newsletter (December 2007)

"Ron Field's American Civil War Fortifications (3): The Mississippi and River Forts narrows the focus to Confederate fortifications tested during the long Federal campaign of 1862-63. Major sites of such fortification are surveyed for their military impact." --The California Bookwatch (January 2008)

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