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Sherman's Mississippi Campaign

By Buck T. Foster

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Format: Hardcover, 215 pages
Other Information: 10 maps
Published In: United States, 15 October 2006
The rehearsal for the March to the Sea. " " With the fall of Vicksburg to Union forces in mid-1863, the Federals began work to extend and consolidate their hold on the lower Mississippi Valley. As a part of this plan, Major General William Tecumseh Sherman set out from Vicksburg on February 3, 1864, with an army of some 25,000 infantry and a battalion of cavalry. They expected to be joined by another Union force moving south from Memphis and supported themselves off the land as they traveled due east across Mississippi. Sherman entered Meridian on February 14 and thoroughly destroyed its railroad facilities, munitions plants, and cotton stores, before returning to Vicksburg. Though not a particularly effective campaign in terms of enemy soldiers captured or killed, it offers a rich opportunity to observe how this large-scale raid presaged Sherman's Atlanta and Carolina campaigns, revealing the transformation of Sherman's strategic thinking. Buck T. Foster is an independent scholar living in southern Mississippi.

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Buck T. Foster is an independent scholar living in southern Mississippi.


"This book fills a gap in Sherman's military life that has heretofore been overlooked by his biographers as well as students of strategy and tactics. The Mississippi Campaign dramatically affected Sherman's evolution of policy; Foster explains how Sherman came to formulate the strategy that he used so successfully in the Confederate Southeast." - Anne J. Bailey, author of The Chessboard of War: Sherman and Hood in the Autumn Campaigns of 1864"

EAN: 9780817315191
ISBN: 0817315195
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
Dimensions: 23.42 x 16.26 x 2.36 centimetres (0.51 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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