American Civil War Fortifications (3)

American Civil War Fortifications (3)

The Mississippi and River Forts

Fortress 68
  • Author: Ron Field
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: FOR 68
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2007
  • Number of Pages: 64
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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 1862-63. 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.

Biographical Note

Ron Field was born in 1943. A history teacher for over 30 years, Ron is presently Head of History at the Cotswold School in Burton-on-the-Water. He was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 1982 and taught at Piedmont High School in California from 1982-83. He has traveled extensively in the US conducting research at numerous libraries, archives and museums, and has written numerous books on 19th-century American history. This is his fourth book for the Osprey Fortress series. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, several 19th century American subjects, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

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