Conversations on the Civil War - 1863: Vicksburg

Winston Groom, novelist and author of Forrest Gump, has also written a number of well received histories, including Vicksburg, 1863. This narrative history of the Civil War’s most strategically important campaign describes the bloody two-year grind that started when Ulysses S. Grant began taking a series of Confederate strongholds in 1861, climaxing with the siege of Vicksburg two years later. For Grant and the Union it was a crucial success that captured the Mississippi River, divided the South in half, and set the stage for eventual victory.

Groom talks with Dr. Edgar about the siege of Vicksburg in a presentation that is part of the series “Conversations on the Civil War, 1863,” held at USC, Columbia, in January and February, 2013. The series was sponsored by the USC College of Arts and Sciences.

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Grant's Misfortunes | Walter Edgar's Journal
Grant's Misfortunes | Walter Edgar's Journal

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Winston Groom discusses the mishaps General Ulysses S. Grant and his amphibious force faced with their attempts to take Vicksburg. Grant applied trial and error with different methods of trying to...
Battle At Champion's Hill | Walter Edgar's Journal
Battle At Champion's Hill | Walter Edgar's Journal

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In this segment, Winston Groom talks about how Grant’s forces had to “live off the land,” since their supplies were taken months before. General Grant takes his forces to Jackson, Mississippi, where...
The Siege Of Vicksburg | Walter Edgar's Journal
The Siege Of Vicksburg | Walter Edgar's Journal

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Winston Groom details the lives of both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Siege of Vicksburg. Groom then discusses remedies soldiers on both sides used to combat starvation. Starvation ended...