Vicksburg and Chattanooga

The Battles That Doomed the Confederacy


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About the Book

Few Civil War events produced more important strategic results for the Union than the taking of Vicksburg and Chattanooga. Along with the Federal triumph at Gettysburg, these gains were decisive in bringing about final Union victory.
Ulysses S. Grant was the man in charge of the Federal forces. His solid competence and willingness to take calculated risks enabled him to overcome the twin challenges of difficult terrain and heroic Confederate resistance at Vicksburg, and to prevail against seemingly unassailable enemy positions at Chattanooga. This book is the story of the courage and determination that accompanied the triumphs and blunders of both sides.

About the Author(s)

Jack H. Lepa, the author of several Civil War books, lives in Las Vegas, retired after almost forty years in the hotel industry.

Bibliographic Details

Jack H. Lepa
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, 5 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9412-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1728-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface  1
1. Early Action on the Mississippi 3
2. First Fighting at Vicksburg 9
3. Vicksburg Is the Key 16
4. Chickasaw Bayou 25
5. Victory and Conflict 31
6. One Failure After Another 37
7. Meeting Challenges 47
8. South of Vicksburg at Last 55
9. The Campaign Takes Shape 63
10. Grant Moves Quickly 73
11. Champion’s Hill 81
12. Closing In on Vicksburg 87
13. Slaughter Outside the City 93
14. Vicksburg’s Fate Is Sealed 100
15. Life and Death Under Siege 111
16. A Great Victory 117
17. Occupation and Politics 126
18. Triumph Turns to Disaster 134
19. A Difficult Time in Chattanooga 145
20. Grant Makes Things Happen 155
21. An Army Unable to Move 164
22. The Battle Begins 173
23. A Change of Plans 181
24. A Legend Is Created 187
25. The Aftermath of Victory 194
Chapter Notes  199
Bibliography  211
Index  217

Book Reviews & Awards

“superb…. Lepa weaves a well-written story about these two campaigns…highly recommend”—Civil War News.