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Shaara, Jeff, 1952-

A chain of thunder : a novel of the Siege of Vicksburg / Jeff Shaara. - Ballantine books trade paperback edition. - xxvi, 574 pages : maps ; 21 cm

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. Ten days 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. Drawing on comprehensive research and his own intimate knowledge of the Vicksburg Campaign, Jeff Shaara once again weaves brilliant fiction out of the ragged cloth of historical fact. From the command tents where generals plot strategy to the ruined mansions where beleaguered citizens huddle for safety, this is a panoramic portrait of men and women whose lives are forever altered by the siege.

9780345527394 0345527399


016649181 Uk

American Civil War (1861-1865)
Siege of Vicksburg (Mississippi : 1863)


Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863--Fiction.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Fiction.
United States.

Historical fiction.
War stories.
War stories.
Historical fiction.
War stories.
Historical fiction.

PS3569.H18 / C54 2014


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