A Chain of Thunder

A Chain of Thunder

A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

Book - 2013
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Presents a first installment in a trilogy inspired by the Siege of Vicksburg that follows Ulysses S. Grant's successful crossing of the Mississippi in May 1863 and his reluctant decision to surround Confederate soldiers and citizens in a ring of Federal entrenchments to starve them into surrendering.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2013], ©2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345527387
Characteristics: xxvi, 562 pages : maps ; 25 cm


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Jun 26, 2013

I particularly like the way Shaara portrayed the relationship between Sherman and Grant. Illuminating, I think.

Jun 22, 2013

The second of Jeff Shaara's unfolding Civil War trilogy focusing on the western theatre, after the earlier A Blaze of Glory. This one focuses its narrative on the Vicksburg campaign in the spring and early summer of 1863. The commanders on both sides figure heavily into the story- Grant, Sherman, John Pemberton, and Joseph Johnston, most of whom Shaara has written before. Their personalities are vividly depicted, as is the ferociousness of the campaign, one of Grant's masterpieces, as it settles into a siege around the town that commanded one of the final barrier points for control of the Mississippi River. Shaara brings back a Wisconsin infantryman from the first book, more settled into the life of a soldier as he takes part in the campaign, as a man on the ground viewpoint. As well, he repeatedly brings us the point of a view of a civilian in Vicksburg, a young woman on her own who becomes a nurse in the nightmarish hospitals, experiencing the deprivations and hardships of a town surrounded by the enemy. A worthy addition to Shaara's work.

loblollyrosa Jun 13, 2013

Recommended. There are not a lot of Civil War novels written on the this important military campaign, often overshadowed by the Battle of Gettysburg.This book helps to bring Vicksburg to life.


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Dec 29, 2013

Man's gotta fight with his heart, not his trousers.

Dec 29, 2013

No general in this army has more power than the wife who waits for him to come home.


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