American Civil War Fortifications (3)

The Mississippi and River Forts

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American Civil War Fortifications (3)

The Mississippi and River Forts

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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.

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Published 10 Nov 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846031946
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 13 b/w; 53 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Fortress
Short code FOR 68
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Ron Field

Ron Field is an internationally acknowledged exper…

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Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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