Item description for TRIUMPH AND DEFEAT: The Vicksburg Campaign, Volume 2 by Terrence J. Winschel...
The study of the Civil War in the Western Theater is more popular now than ever before, and the center of that interest is the months-long Vicksburg Campaign, which is the subject of National Park Historian Terrence J. Winschel's new book Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Vol 2.
Following up on the popular success of his earlier book of the same name, Winschel offers ten new chapters of insights into what has been declared by many to have been the most decisive campaign of the Civil War. Designed to appeal to both general readers and serious students, Winschel's essays cover a wide range of topics, including military operations, naval engagements, leading personalities, and even a specific family caught up in the nightmarish 47-day siege that nearly cost them their lives.
Smoothly written and deeply researched, these fresh chapters offer balanced and comprehensive analysis written with the authority that only someone who has served as Vicksburg's Chief Historian since 1978 can produce. Bolstered by photographs, illustrations, and numerous outstanding original maps, this second volume in the Triumph and Defeat series will stand as a lasting contribution to the study of the Civil War.
About the author: Winschel is author of many books, including Triumph and Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign (1998, 2004), Vicksburg is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River (2003), Vicksburg: Fall of the Confederate Gibraltar (1999), and The Civil War Diary of a Common Soldier (2000). Terry is also a popular speaker on the Civil War Round Table circuit and has made frequent appearances on the History Channel. He lives in Vicksburg, where he works as the battlefield's chief historian.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 1 lbs.
Publisher Savas Beatie
ISBN 1932714219 ISBN13 9781932714210
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More About Terrence J. Winschel
Winschel is chief historian at Vicksburg National Military Park and a 21-year veteran of the National Park Service who has served at Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and Valley Forge.
Terrence J. Winschel currently resides in Vicksburg, in the state of Mississippi. Terrence J. Winschel has an academic affiliation as follows - Vicksburg National Military Park.
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A second Triumph Jul 23, 2007
This is the second volume of Vicksburg stories that the author wrote for Round Table presentations or articles in magazines. In the preface, the author admits to "a mental block" about writing a book but has no problem with 10 to 30 page articles. After reading both volumes, I feel this might be a blessing for us. These well-crafted articles are informative and very easy to read. They provide a varied approach to the campaign & siege that is impossible in a standard history. Many articles have the intimate feel of a Round Table presentation, bringing the reader closer to the author and the subject.
This is a varied selection dealing less with Vicksburg as a military siege and more with the campaign, civilians and aftermath of the surrender. Two articles deal with crossing the Mississippi River and the battles leading to the siege. Two articles cover the role of Jackson, Mississippi. One is the capture of the city as Grant is advancing on Vicksburg; the other Sherman driving Johnston away from the city after Vicksburg surrendered. The article on the Gunboat Cincinnati provides a glimpse of life and death in the Navy. Gunboats are critical to Grant's planning and should be included in more books on Vicksburg. This shows that they are much more than a floating battery. John A. McClernand: Fighting Politician gives the reader a very balanced look into a controversy that continues with no end in sight. This is a balanced and thoughtful portrait that lets the reader decide if Grant is right or wrong. The Lords of Vicksburg is the story of one family and the campaign. This is one of the strongest articles in the book, experiencing the siege through children's eyes. Joe Johnston's efforts or lack of effort to lift the siege is a fine article. The author is on very firm ground as he explores the problems and opportunities Johnston faced. The last two articles are excellent and badly needed. The first covers why Vicksburg is so important to the war. Detailing the provisions shipped through the city, how it kept the Confederacy one nation and the impact opening the Mississippi had on the Union states boarding the Mississippi/Ohio river basin. The second deals with making Vicksburg a National Military Park. We have little information on the development of the NMPs! This article provides us with a look at what was needed and how it was done.
This is a strong book that does not require volume one, however, the two volumes will provide a more complete history of the campaign and siege. Each book complements the other providing a better picture of the campaign and siege.