By Edwin C. Bearss
It’s a poignant irony in American background that on Independence Day, 1863, now not one yet pivotal Civil battle battles resulted in Union victory, marked the excessive tide of accomplice army fortune, and eventually doomed the South’s attempt at secession. yet on July four, 1863, after six months of siege, Ulysses Grant’s Union military eventually took Vicksburg and the accomplice west.
On the exact same day, Robert E. Lee was once in Pennsylvania, parrying the probability to Vicksburg with a bold push north to Gettysburg. for 2 days the conflict had raged; at the subsequent, July four, 1863, Pickett’s cost was once thrown again, a magnificently courageous yet fruitless attack, and the destiny of the Confederacy was once sealed, even though approximately extra years of sour combating remained until eventually the warfare got here to an end.
In Receding Tide, Edwin Cole Bearss attracts from his renowned Civil conflict battlefield excursions to chronicle those commonly separated yet simultaneous clashes and their dramatic end. because the famous professional on either Vicksburg and Gettysburg, Bearss tells the interesting tale of this unmarried momentous day in our country’s heritage, delivering his readers narratives, maps, illustrations, attribute wit, dramatic new insights and unerringly intimate wisdom of terrain, strategies, and the colourful personalities of America’s citizen infantrymen, Northern and Southern alike.