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Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg- The Campaigns That Changed the Civil War Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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“Establishing a standard for literary excellence.” –Army magazine
"A smooth narrative of compelling force...Bearss’ experienced eye for human interest stories is evident throughout the book." –Civil War News
“For buffs, Bearss’ book hits the bull’s-eye.” –Booklist
“For more than half a century, prolific writer and battlefield historian Bearss has more than covered the Civil War…Here he tells the story of these two important battles…” –Book News
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Other than books that give an overview of the Civil War, most books that explore the military conflict in depth focus on one campaign or the other. Thus, there are many books on the Gettysburg campaign and a smaller though still substantial number of books about Vicksburg. I have read many books about individual battles and about the Civil War, but Bearss' book taught me a good deal. He weaves together the stories of the three primary theaters of the war: the East in Virginia and Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Vicksburg and the Mississippi River and shows their interrelationship. The narrative shifts back and forth among the different theaters and various points and helped me understand how they held together.Read more ›
The receding tide was, according to Bearss, a function of the double defeat of the Confederate States of America--the defeat at Gettysburg and the surrender at Vicksburg.
This book is characterized by great detail and deep knowledge by the author of these two campaigns. It was fun to follow the detailed discussions.
While the details regarding the run up to the battle at Gettysburg do not add great insights into our understanding of that battle, his discussion of the events between July 1 and July 3 give great insight into the combat there. He gives a sense of the specific events taking place (his discussion of Longstreet's attack on Day # 2 is concise but also filled with enough detail to make sense of events); he also gives insight into the larger strategic decisions made by Lee and Meade. Thus, one gets an "on the ground" view--but also a view from "30,000 feet." All without being drowned by detail.
Bearss' presentation of the stages of the Vicksburg campaign added a great deal to my understanding of events. He did a nice job of summarizing the "experiments" by Grant, although I'm not sure that I learned anything new. Then, a very lucid description of Grant's venture south, below the guns of Vicksburg. The coverage of the campaign after that is delightful.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed my purchase. This book looks new and is more than I expected . It also arrived on time. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Joel Morris
Having walked and studied both of these battlefields, I THOUGHT I was pretty well versed about these two battles. I found this book to be extremely detailed and interesting. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John McQuitty
A great read! Loved the sequencing of the timelines. I always enjoy Mr. Bearss works, always informative, and professionally done.Published 16 months ago by hodge
Enjoyed this Bearss book very much and would highly recommend it. He makes you feel like you're right there.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bearss is an accomplished historian who writes well. He presents the factual details in a manner that manages to make mundane facts very interesting and human. Read morePublished 23 months ago by GoPack
Mr. Bearss tells more of the story around the events at Gettysburg than I have read in one place before. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Joseph C. Nelson