Michael Ballard provides a concise yet thorough study of the 1863
battle that cut off a crucial river port and rail depot for the
South and split the Confederate nation, providing a turning point
in the Civil War. The Union victory at Vicksburg was hailed with as
much celebration in the North as the Gettysburg victory and Ballard
makes a convincing case that it was equally important to the
ultimate resolution of the conflict.