'Nicely details the coordination of Union military and naval operations and the boldness and genius of General U.S. Grant that brought Union victory . . . offers an excellent discussion of the technology and tactics of siege warfare.'--Library Journal'A useful and enjoyable brief history of the Vicksburg campaign.'--Journal of Military HistoryHistorians and Civil War buffs have tended to focus their attention on Gettysburg and the other great battles in the East. Yet Lincoln himself said during the war, 'Let us get Vicksburg and all that country is ours. The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.' This intriguing new book demonstrates how Union General Ulysses S. Grant's brilliant victory at Vicksburg in 1863 not only defined him as a great military leader, but effectively snuffed out the South's chances for victory.James R. Arnold (Lexington, VA) is a military historian and the author of nine books, including Presidents under Fire and The First Domino.