The prospects of victory for the Union looked dismal indeed during the early years of the Civil War. Defeat after defeat at the hands of the Confederate forces greatly dampened Federal spirits as the Southern military tide swelled. The month of July 1863 brought a reversal, though, with the devastating defeats of Confederate forces at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, bringing about the ''receding tide'' of the Confederacy.
Nearly 400 pages of extensive details and maps of the campaigns and battlefields plunge the reader into the history of the Gettysburg and Vicksburg Campaigns, the military contests that would seal the fates of the Union and the Confederacy.
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