By Ron Field

ISBN-10: 184603194X

ISBN-13: 9781846031946

The Mississippi River performed a decisive function within the American Civil warfare. The accomplice fortifications that managed the reduce Mississippi valley have been positioned to the try out within the long Federal crusade of 1862-63. Vicksburg used to be a fort urban, referred to as the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," whose seize is usually obvious because the key to victory within the warfare.

This publication explores the fortifications of the river valley, concentrating on Vicksburg and its defenses which boasted a community of forts, rifle pits, and cannon embrasures surrounding the town and studying the strengths and weaknesses of the fortifications while less than siege. additionally tested are a variety of different fortified strongholds, together with New Orleans, Port Hudson, New Madrid and, forts Henry and Donelson, all lavishly illustrated with complete colour art and cutaways.

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Further earthworks, including a smaller redan either side, linked to rifle trenches manned by troops of Hébert’s brigade, with the 43rd Mississippi at left and the 38th Mississippi at right. The earthen parapets in this work were about 24ft wide with a 10ft-high exterior slope running into a natural glacis formed by the edge of the ridge. This work also lacked an exterior ditch due to its precipitous position on the ridge. These Harper’s Weekly engravings show the miners at work deep under the Third Louisiana Redan (above), and a Confederate grenade exploding near the entrance to the Federal mine shaft (below).

An officer of General M’Pherson’s staff, a fine shot, had taken his rifle, and was, with the sharp-shooters, rendering it an impossibility to use a gun that had been used to annoy our men at work in the trenches. A sharp-shooter from the rebel works was crawling, as he thought, unseen, to a point nearer our line. A hat placed invitingly was, in a few moments, shot through by the ball from his rifle. The moment was the rebel’s last: he had exposed his head in shooting. And the sharp-shooting officer now wears an airy hat.

Called the “Trysting Place,” the area became a meeting ground for relatives or friends of the Missouri troops of both sides.

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