• Vicksburg

  • Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy
  • By: Donald L. Miller
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Civil War Round Table of New York's Fletcher Pratt Literary Award.

Winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table’s Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Book Prize.

Winner of an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.  

"A superb account" (The Wall Street Journal) of the longest and most decisive military campaign of the Civil War in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which opened the Mississippi River, split the Confederacy, freed tens of thousands of slaves, and made Ulysses S. Grant the most important general of the war.

Vicksburg, Mississippi, was the last stronghold of the Confederacy on the Mississippi River. It prevented the Union from using the river for shipping between the Union-controlled Midwest and New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The Union navy tried to take Vicksburg, which sat on a high bluff overlooking the river, but couldn't do it. It took Grant's army and Admiral David Porter's navy to successfully invade Mississippi and lay siege to Vicksburg, forcing the city to surrender.

In this "elegant...enlightening...well-researched and well-told" (Publishers Weekly) work, Donald L. Miller tells the full story of this year-long campaign to win the city "with probing intelligence and irresistible passion" (Booklist). He brings to life all the drama, characters, and significance of Vicksburg, a historic moment that rivals any war story in history. In the course of the campaign, tens of thousands of slaves fled to the Union lines, where more than 20,000 became soldiers, while others seized the plantations they had been forced to work on, destroying the economy of a large part of Mississippi and creating a social revolution. With Vicksburg "Miller has produced a model work that ties together military and social history" (Civil War Times).

Vicksburg solidified Grant's reputation as the Union’s most capable general. Today no general would ever be permitted to fail as often as Grant did, but ultimately he succeeded in what he himself called the most important battle of the war - the one that all but sealed the fate of the Confederacy.

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©2019 Donald L. Miller (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Fantastic!

By far the most thorough analysis of the long and bloody approach to the taking of Vicksburg. A riveting narrative, with explanations of military and period-cultural terms and elements to allow lay readers a full understanding. The narration, like the writing and scholarship, is superb. A bravura performance all-round!

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A superb account of the entire campaign

I disagree with the reviewer who thought there should have been more focus on the last few months before the surrender. The book recounts the entire campaign, putting in context the problems Grant faced and his various attempts (successful and unsuccessful) to solve them. The only flaw is that the author devotes a bit too much attention to the conflicting evidence about Grant’s drinking.

Be sure to download the PDF! It has a collection of excellent maps for the successive stages of the campaign. The maps are a great help in understanding how each part of the story fits into the overall picture.

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A must listen

If there is one audiobook to listen to leading up to July 4th, this is it! outstanding!!

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A long slog

The battle for Vicksburg was a long slog, for both sides, and the present work reflects that. Unfortunately, as a reader seeking to be both informed and entertained, I find the book perhaps overly informative and, as a result, a grinding read.
This is a book about war and the author recounts, in considerable detail, the gore, disease, and misery of this front in the struggle. I totally respect his desire to present the true face of war and not to dress things up. But it can sometimes make for grim reading.
This is a book for the comited Civil War buff and for historians. For the ordinary guy or gal looking for a good read it is a long slog.

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Little About Vicksburg

Most of the book was about June 1862 - April 1863 pre-Vicksburg final campaign. Would have been much stronger if it focused post-Champion's Bend.

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Revisionist & Biased & Redundant

In line with recent trends in academia this book is intended to put down the South. The biases run throughout the work. The author’s conclusions are predictable. It is written from a Yankee and Grant perspective. That might appeal to some readers of that persuasion and to Confederate bashers. On the positive side the Vicksburg campaign is an interesting and crucial segment of the Civil War taking up much of 1862-1863. The author rehashes the background too often as if the reader was suffering from short term memory loss. That was tiring, but other than that the work flows well. The performer’s tone and inflection seemed to put emphasis on Southern misdeeds and Yankee heroism. At least he didn’t put me to sleep. I did not see a need for this book. There’s already a number of good works on the fall of Vicksburg. I recommend works by Terry Winschel, Tim Smith and Ed Bearss.

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Add to Your Civil War Book List

A great book for history and Civil War fans. It is very capably written and performed. The book gives listeners a solid defense of the strategic importance of the Vicksburg campaign in the outcome of the war. Educational and fun.

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Very well-done overview of the Vicksburg Campaign

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was very well done. it was not overly dramatic, but it was very easy to listen to. I appreciated the footnoting that was referenced to in the audio presentation. Folks that work at the Vicksburg Military Park tell me they highly recommend this book and I can see why. if you are looking for a good General overview of the campaign as a whole, I believe this will do it for you. Highly recommended.

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Awesome

Adamson does an amazing job bringing this well written book to life you just can’t stop listening to it.

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A Gem

Vicksburg is a campaign most any student of American history will know of course, and Donald Miller brings out the many different layers that both led up to this famous battle that made Grant and saved the union, and the behind the scenes stories that contributed to the victory. I have read countless books on the civil war and Grant and there's so many different facets of this particular battle that I did not know or understand until reading this book. I strongly strongly recommend it to anyone. The performance by Rick Adamson was quite good and his narration really pulled together the story. Highly recommend!

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The civil war's greatest campaign

Beautifully written book about the greatest campaign in the civil war led by the greatest American to ever grave this planet, Ulysses S. Grant.