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"Protected by high bluffs and cannons, the city of Vicksburg guarded the all-important Mississippi River for the Confederacy. Major General Ulysses S. Grant was determined to take the city, which meant he had to invent new ways to fight a war." Using more than fifty quotations from men, women, and children on both sides; forty historical etchings and photos; and five maps, "Protected by high bluffs and cannons, the city of Vicksburg guarded the all-important Mississippi River for the Confederacy. Major General Ulysses S. Grant was determined to take the city, which meant he had to invent new ways to fight a war." Using more than fifty quotations from men, women, and children on both sides; forty historical etchings and photos; and five maps, Mary Ann Fraser takes readers into the heart of the battle that decided the Civil War. This heavily illustrated, action-packed history is both an easy introduction to the War Between the States and a satisfying read for young Civil War buffs.


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"Protected by high bluffs and cannons, the city of Vicksburg guarded the all-important Mississippi River for the Confederacy. Major General Ulysses S. Grant was determined to take the city, which meant he had to invent new ways to fight a war." Using more than fifty quotations from men, women, and children on both sides; forty historical etchings and photos; and five maps, "Protected by high bluffs and cannons, the city of Vicksburg guarded the all-important Mississippi River for the Confederacy. Major General Ulysses S. Grant was determined to take the city, which meant he had to invent new ways to fight a war." Using more than fifty quotations from men, women, and children on both sides; forty historical etchings and photos; and five maps, Mary Ann Fraser takes readers into the heart of the battle that decided the Civil War. This heavily illustrated, action-packed history is both an easy introduction to the War Between the States and a satisfying read for young Civil War buffs.

35 review for Vicksburg: The Battle That Won The Civil War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    In reading a book like this it is deeply unfortunate that the author appears to have bought into the belief that South Africa is some sort of paradisical realm in the aftermath of apartheid.  The author seems to think that while the Boers were terrible racists that everything is hunky-dory in the aftermath of its end.  This obviously slants the way the author approaches the book, as apartheid seems less like a paranoid if reasonable approach to a demographic problem than a totally unjust decisio In reading a book like this it is deeply unfortunate that the author appears to have bought into the belief that South Africa is some sort of paradisical realm in the aftermath of apartheid.  The author seems to think that while the Boers were terrible racists that everything is hunky-dory in the aftermath of its end.  This obviously slants the way the author approaches the book, as apartheid seems less like a paranoid if reasonable approach to a demographic problem than a totally unjust decision, and that lack of sympathy for the problems of the Afrikaaner population does make this book a bit more difficult to enjoy.  As is the case often with this sort of book, there is a heavy bias towards more contemporary history and the history of South Africa in general is highly colored as well to discuss matters of interest to contemporary grievance theorists rather than a more even-handed approach.  The author finds the struggles of the UK to govern South Africa on the cheap to be entertaining, for example, and tends to enjoy insulting the intelligence and education of the trekkers of the Boer in a way that he would not think to do when it came to the African population. This book is almost 300 pages long and is divided into nine chapters and various other materials.  The book begins with an introduction that shows the author's thesis that South Africa is one nation with many cultures, and then discusses the land, state, and people of the "Rainbow Nation" of South Africa (1).  After that there is a look at the earliest times and indigenous "civilization" up to 1500, which seems odd given that there were no cities to be found in the region (2), as well as the colonization of South Africa by the Dutch and their allies (3).  The author discusses the conflicts of the first two thirds or so of the 19th century (4), as well as the diamonds, gold, and war that marked the rest of the century (5).  This is followed by a discussion of unification and segregation (6), and the rise (7), and demise (8) of apartheid.  The book then ends with a too glowing account of truth and reconciliation (9), after which there is a list of abbreviations, a chronology of major events, estimated population at the time of writing, heads of state, public holidays, suggestions for further reading, a historical gazetteer, as well as an index. In reading this book I was struck by the fact that the author seemed not to realize that his casual anti-white racism in so much of his approach seemed tailor-made to irritate a large amount of his potential audience.  In general it can be said that a lot of books take a leftist approach to history, but what is perhaps less often realized is that a great many readers and reviewers of works are not sympathetic to such a strident approach and so an author can very easily alienate an audience by refusing to keep personal political opinions restrained.  Having a healthy respect for the different worldviews of one's audience helps keep one from writing books like this one.  There is, to be sure, much of interest that one can write about South Africa, but if one does so without a sense of fairness and balance in one's approach, it seems like a book like this is only going to appeal to black tourists or fellow leftist travelers and that certainly reduces the potential appreciative audience that a book can have to a degree that makes it hard to appreciate the author's skill because his views get in the way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Baron

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Ross Davis

    Mary Ann Fraser's book about the battle of Vicksburg is a very brief summary of the six week battle. It included very little factual information, rather it mainly consisted of the story. It was told in the 3rd person informal, and at times, slipped into the first person of a soldier. It is written in a form that is directed for lower school students, as the vocabulary is not advanced. The book does not appeal to many because the factual history is not present, rather the overview of the battle Mary Ann Fraser's book about the battle of Vicksburg is a very brief summary of the six week battle. It included very little factual information, rather it mainly consisted of the story. It was told in the 3rd person informal, and at times, slipped into the first person of a soldier. It is written in a form that is directed for lower school students, as the vocabulary is not advanced. The book does not appeal to many because the factual history is not present, rather the overview of the battle is there. Not only is there no facts, but the overview is not written well. Fraser uses too many words to describe something. Her word choice can be simplified greatly for a more elegant flow. The 104 page book could easily have been shortened to under 100 pages, allowing for more information. Rating 2/5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    This was perfect for a reader like me, just enough information to satisfy my curiosity about this pivotal battle of the Civil War. Living in Pennsylvania, I get a lot of Gettysburg talk. That and the movie and I've just about learned all a non war buff like me can handle. This gave me an insight into how much that battle really mattered. It was well done and just the right amount of information to give me a bit of confidence on the subject. This was perfect for a reader like me, just enough information to satisfy my curiosity about this pivotal battle of the Civil War. Living in Pennsylvania, I get a lot of Gettysburg talk. That and the movie and I've just about learned all a non war buff like me can handle. This gave me an insight into how much that battle really mattered. It was well done and just the right amount of information to give me a bit of confidence on the subject.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Grandma Sue

    Short introductory overview of "the battle that won the Civil War." Reading in preparation for a trip someday following great-grandfather's route from Indiana as a Union drummer boy. Short introductory overview of "the battle that won the Civil War." Reading in preparation for a trip someday following great-grandfather's route from Indiana as a Union drummer boy.

  6. 4 out of 5

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