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Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The power of man

The armies of U.S. Grant  James R. Arnold  London : Arms and Armour ; New York, NY : Distributed in the USA by Sterling Pub., c 1995  Hardcover. 288 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-280) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Southern wife praying in makeshift cave home during bombardment of Vicksburg.

Southern wife praying in makeshift cave home during bombardment of Vicksburg.

Grant wins the war : decision at Vicksburg  James R. Arnold  New York : J. Wiley & Sons, c 1997  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xi, 387 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-372) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Sherman continued to doubt Grant’s strategy. He wondered how Grant could possibly maintain his army in a position between two enemy-held fortresses. It was a matter of perspective. Grant was at the end of an exceedingly precarious supply line, isolated in hostile territory, positioned between Port Hudson and Vicksburg – two well-fortified, enemy-held citadels -outnumbered by his enemy, and with an unfordable river to his rear. Few generals would have considered this anything but a trap. Grant judged it an opportunity

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In a brilliantly constructed and powerfully rendered new account, James R. Arnold offers a penetrating analysis of Grant’s strategies and actions leading to the union victory at Vicksburg. Approaching these epic events from a unique and well-rounded perspective, and based on careful research, Grant Wins the War is fascinating reading for all Civil War and military historians. Grant Wins the War details the coordination of union military and naval operations and the recklessness and utter disregard for not only southern noncombatants but also for his own troops that bought Union victory.

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While he offers an excellent discussion of the technology and tactics of siege warfare there is no discussion of the morality of these tactics, of their support in violation of the contemporary laws of war or of the vascilation between disregard for what Grant was actually doing and out right support of unlimited and unrestricted war which would be the pattern for the next hundred years.

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