Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg

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Author/Editor:
Timothy B. Smith
Pub Date:
January 2006
ISBN:
978-1-932714-19-7
eISBN:
978-1-611210-00-2
Binding:
Trade paper, 6 x 9
Specs:
Maps, photos, illustrations, index. 528 pp
Signed copies:
Available.

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About the Book

The Battle of Champion Hill was the decisive land engagement of the Vicksburg Campaign. The May 16, 1863, fighting took place just 20 miles east of the river city, where the advance of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Federal army attacked Gen. John C. Pemberton's hastily gathered Confederates.

The bloody fighting seesawed back and forth until superior Union leadership broke apart the Southern line, sending Pemberton's army into headlong retreat. The victory on Mississippi's wooded hills sealed the fate of both Vicksburg and her large field army, propelled Grant into the national spotlight, and earned him the command of the entire U.S. armed forces.

Timothy Smith, who holds a Ph.D. from Mississippi State and works as a historian for the National Park Service, has written the definitive account of this long overlooked battle. His vivid prose is grounded upon years of primary research and is rich in analysis, strategic and tactical action, and character development.

Champion Hill will become a classic Civil War battle study.

 

Award

WINNER, NON-FICTION, 2005, MISSISSIPPI INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND LETTERS

 

Timothy Smith holds a Ph.D. from Mississippi State in history. He teaches history at the University of Tennessee in Martin and is a former ranger at Shiloh National Battlefield Park.