Grant Takes Vicksburg
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
James M. McPherson, John F. Marszalek, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, January 7th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $20)

Note: This program is sold out



On July 4, 1863, Maj. Gen. Grant’s 47-day siege of Vicksburg ended with the surrender of the Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton, thus removing one of the only remaining Rebel strongholds on the Mississippi River. Three of the nation’s foremost Civil War historians discuss the operations that made up one of the most remarkable military campaigns of the American Civil War.


James M. McPherson, a distinguished American Civil War historian, is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his book Battle Cry of Freedom, and his latest book is War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865. John F. Marszalek is a Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University, executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, and author of Sherman’s Other War. Harold Holzer (moderator) has written and edited more than 40 books on Lincoln and the Civil War and is the recipient of the National Humanities Medal.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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