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The Mississippi and River Forts. The Mississippi River played a decisive
role in the American Civil War. The Confederate fortifications that controlled
the lower Mississippi valley were put to the test in the lengthy Federal
campaign of 1862-1863. Vicksburg was a fortress city, known as the 'Gibraltar of
the Confederacy', whose capture was seen as the key to victory in the war. This
book explores the fortifications of the river valley, focusing on Vicksburg and
its defences which boasted a network of forts, rifle pits and cannon embrasures
surrounding the city, a well as examining the strengths and weaknesses of the
fortifications when under siege. Also examined are numerous other fortified
strongholds, including New Orleans, Port Hudson, New Madrid, and forts Henry and
Donelson, all lavishly illustrated with full-colour artwork and cutaways.
Contents Introduction · Chronology · The river campaigns, 1861-1864 · Life in
the Vicksburg fortifications · The fate of the fortifications · Glossary ·
Visiting the forts today.
  • AUTHOR: Field, R
  • FORMAT: 64pp 39 Bw 21 col 248x184 Pb
  • Code: 23586

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