The Longest Siege

Port Hudson, Louisiana, 1863

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About the Book

During the Civil War, control of the Mississippi River was a hotly contested objective of both the Union and Confederate armies. By late 1862, the South held only a 110–mile stretch of this vital waterway. Determined to defend this critical span of the river, the Confederacy built two fortresses to defend it—Vicksburg on the north end, Port Hudson on the south.

Drawing on the letters and memoirs of soldiers and officers on both sides, this book chronicles the brutal struggle for Port Hudson, Louisiana, beginning with Admiral Farragut’s costly naval attack by the Union fleet, through the furious infantry assaults ordered by General Nathaniel Banks—including the first charge made by black troops in the Civil War—and finally the 48–day siege itself. Among the most tragic campaigns of the war, it is recognized by historians as the longest siege in American military history.

About the Author(s)

Russell W. Blount, Jr., is the author of five books on the American Civil War. An Alabama native and former history teacher, he is involved in a number of historical organizations, such as the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and the History Museum of Mobile. He is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians and the American Battlefield Trust, and is a frequent speaker at Civil War Roundtables, battlefield parks, museums and other historical forums.

Bibliographic Details

Russell W. Blount, Jr
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8411-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4336-6
Imprint: McFarland