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The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign The companion volume to Stars in Their Courses, this marvelous account of Grant s siege of the Mississippi port of Vicksburg continues Foote s narrative of the great battles of the Civil War culled from his massive three volume history recounting a campaign which Lincoln called one of the most brilliant in the world


About the Author: Shelby Foote

Shelby Dade Foote, Jr was an American novelist and a noted historian of the American Civil War, writing a massive, three volume history of the war entitled The Civil War A Narrative With geographic and cultural roots in the Mississippi Delta, Foote s life and writing paralleled the radical shift from the agrarian planter system of the Old South to the Civil Rights era of the New South Foote was relatively unknown to the general public for most of his career until his appearance in Ken Burns s PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was central to all our lives.



10 thoughts on “The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign

  1. Manray9 Manray9 says:

    The Beleaguered City is a Modern Library adaptation of part of Foote s masterpiece, The Civil War Excerpted for the popular reader, nothing of Foote s careful research or literary skill is lost While always taking a backseat in American history to Gettysburg the subject of another Modern Library edition of Foote Lite , Vicksburg was arguably the critical campaign of the Civil War it permanently severed the Confederacy, guaranteed Federal domination of the nation s premier waterborne tran The Beleague


  2. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    I obtained this without having known it was excerpted from Foote s series about the Civil War but having gotten a positive impression of him from Ken Burn s Civil War series on PBS It also is the case that that conflict was the major crisis in the history of the United States, the effects of which are still reflected in the relations between the North and South, Blacks and Whites, urban and rural America.I ve read a lot of books about the war Those by Bruce Catton, especially his two trilogies I obtained thi


  3. Sean Chick Sean Chick says:

    A fair apprisal of the campaign Foote acknowledges Grant s abilities without vapid hero worship a problem as of late in books about the general and his views on Pemberton are fair Best of all, events outside of Vicksburg, such as Port Hudson and Brashear City, are discussed All in all this is a good account of the campaign.


  4. Stenwjohnson Stenwjohnson says:

    Shelby Foote s The Beleaguered City, a book length excerpt from his 3000 page three volume The Civil War A Narrative, focuses on the Vicksburg campaign of 1862 63, an epic collision of then modern military technology, trial and error tactics, and unforgiving near Gothic landscape as Grant and Sherman attempted to break the back of the south by gaining dominance of the Mississippi river It may surprise the modern reader that the small town of Vicksburg was known as the Gibraltar of the W Shelby Foote s The Beleaguered City


  5. Zachary Mezz Zachary Mezz says:

    A fantastic account of the Vicksburg campaign, with anecdotes about Grant that were very enlightening.


  6. Jared Jared says:

    This is a perfect book.


  7. Stuart Smith Stuart Smith says:

    A brilliant history of the Vicksburg Campaign.


  8. Kendrick Hughes Kendrick Hughes says:

    interesting read


  9. Jdb Jdb says:

    This short book is mostly an extract from Foote s masterpiece 3 volume Civil War history Foote gives all the relevant details weaving them in a dramatic narrative style, befitting the novelist he fundamentally was A great read for Civil War buffs and most worthwhile for readers of general interest.


  10. Adam Adam says:

    I enjoyed this detailed account of the Vicksburg campaign It readslike a play by play of troop movements with sidebar discussions on the strategy If you re not into military, this probably is not your thing This book brings to reality the importance of the Vicksburg campaign because of location and Confederate supply chain We oftentimes see things in other non military books that make it seem so easy things like Grant moved his army South to supplant Stonewall s position This story I enjoyed this detailed account of the Vicksburg campaign It readslike a play by p


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