A Chain of Thunder

A Chain of Thunder

A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

Book - 2013
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"In May 1863, after months of hard and bitter combat, Union troops under the command of Major General Ulysses S. Grant at long last successfully cross the Mississippi River. They force the remnants of Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton's army to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the Big Black River in its path. But after sustaining heavy casualties in two failed assaults against the rebels, Union soldiers are losing confidence and morale is low. Grant reluctantly decides to lay siege to the city, trapping soldiers and civilians alike inside an iron ring of Federal entrenchments. Six weeks later, the starving and destitute Southerners finally surrender, yielding command of the Mississippi River to the Union forces on July 4--Independence Day--and marking a crucial turning point in the Civil War"--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345527387
0345527380
0345527402
9780345527400
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sha
Characteristics: xxvi, 562 pages : maps ; 25 cm

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AitchmarkB52
Jun 26, 2013

I particularly like the way Shaara portrayed the relationship between Sherman and Grant. Illuminating, I think.

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Keogh
Jun 22, 2013

The second of Jeff Shaara's unfolding Civil War trilogy focusing on the western theatre, after the earlier A Blaze of Glory. This one focuses its narrative on the Vicksburg campaign in the spring and early summer of 1863. The commanders on both sides figure heavily into the story- Grant, Sherman, John Pemberton, and Joseph Johnston, most of whom Shaara has written before. Their personalities are vividly depicted, as is the ferociousness of the campaign, one of Grant's masterpieces, as it settles into a siege around the town that commanded one of the final barrier points for control of the Mississippi River. Shaara brings back a Wisconsin infantryman from the first book, more settled into the life of a soldier as he takes part in the campaign, as a man on the ground viewpoint. As well, he repeatedly brings us the point of a view of a civilian in Vicksburg, a young woman on her own who becomes a nurse in the nightmarish hospitals, experiencing the deprivations and hardships of a town surrounded by the enemy. A worthy addition to Shaara's work.

loblollyrosa Jun 13, 2013

Recommended. There are not a lot of Civil War novels written on the this important military campaign, often overshadowed by the Battle of Gettysburg.This book helps to bring Vicksburg to life.

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Dec 29, 2013

Man's gotta fight with his heart, not his trousers.

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SEBoiko
Dec 29, 2013

No general in this army has more power than the wife who waits for him to come home.

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