University Press of Kansas
Reviewer Thomas F. Army writes that in The Siege of Vicksburg: Climax of the Campaign to Open the Mississippi River, May 23 – July 4, 1863, author Timothy B. Smith followed John Keegan’s dictate that military historians should produce analysis that goes beyond “colored maps,” Though Smith dedicates considerable attention to the tactical and strategic elements of the siege, he balances his technical analysis with an examination of the human suffering the siege begat. Army found many strengths in Smith’s work, including his emphasis that contingency mattered—Vicksburg’s fall was not inevitable. Smith’s The Siege of Vicksburg “is an important book,” Army contends.
Army, Thomas F.
"The Siege of Vicksburg: Climax of the Campaign to Open the Mississippi River, May 23 – July 4, 1863,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 24
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