Campaign for Corinth
Blood in Mississippi
Military History - Civil War
6 x 9, 160 pp.
30 b&w photos. Biographical sketches. 11 maps.
Pub Date: 03/29/2006
  paper
List Price: $14.95   Price:        $7.49

978-1-893114-51-7

Published by State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
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Campaign for Corinth

Blood in Mississippi

By Steven Nathaniel Dossman

In 1862 the sleepy town of Corinth, Mississippi, was transformed into one of the South's most strategic strongholds. At Corinth, the Mobile and Ohio Railroad crossed the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, creating a crucial nexus for the transport of supplies, material, and men throughout the western Confederacy.

Following the battle of Shiloh, a vast Federal army under Gen. Henry Halleck captured the town after an extended siege. But by summer, Confederate forces began a broad offensive. In the East, Gen. Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland, while in the West, Gen. Braxton Bragg led an incursion into Kentucky. In support of Bragg, Generals Earl Van Dorn and Sterling Price were ordered to drive back the Union forces under Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William S. Rosecrans and seize control of northern Mississippi.

The action began in earnest in September, as Price fought Rosecrans to a bloody standoff at Iuka, Mississippi. Price then combined his forces with Van Dorn, who, in early October turned his attention to the effort of regaining Corinth. The campaign for Corinth reached a crescendo in one the Civil War's most violent and bloody assaults, setting the stage for Grant's Vicksburg campaign and ultimately deciding the fate of the Confederacy in the Mississippi Valley.

STEVEN NATHANIEL DOSSMAN has studied as a McWhiney Fellow and has delivered papers at several national conferences. He also has an innate interest in the battle of Corinth, as three of his ancestors fought there.

What Readers Are Saying:

". . . what is so inviting about the entire series is the depth and length to which Civil War Campaign and Commanders writers go to tell more than just battlefield statistics." --Eclectic Homeschool Online

"A running joke among many Civil War historians is the number of trivia books they have received as gifts from well-meaning relatives throughout their careers. Inconsequential and lacking any real scholarly value, such works gather dust on their bookshelves, kept around out of sentimental attachments to the giver. To twist a quote from the Mike Meyers character, Dr. Evil, they are Civil War lite, just one calorie.
--David Slay
"Fortunately, the McWhiney Foundation Press provides an alternative to low-cost fluff with the "Civil War Campaigns and Commanders" series. Steven Nathaniel Dossman's contribution to the series represents the type of work the foundation seeks to promote: brief, highly illustrated, easily digested studies.
--David Slay
"While the Campaign for Corinth breaks little new ground, it serves as a gateway book for those seeking a well-grounded understanding of the campaign. Each chapter contains biographical sketches and photos of the major players and landmarks. And refreshingly, Dossman's work contains no shortage of maps which in itself make this book worthy of purchase.
--David Slay
"While some elitists would consider an abundance of illustrations and maps as verging on popular history, Dossman's scholarship, as evidenced by his bibliography and notes, dispel such notions. It is a solid scholarly work, yet democratic in that it will appeal to a broad range of interested parties from buffs looking for their first book on Corinth to scholars seeking to brush up on the campaign.
--David Slay
"Dossman's writing style also contributes to the book's success. Alternating between open and closed narrative, he narrates the big picture while allowing the participants to contribute their own observations to the story, thus making it an easy read. Likewise, his organizational skills and maps make the campaign easy to follow.
--David Slay
"In conclusion, this work serves its intended purpose by appealing to a wide cross section of readers without going into exhaustive detail. Undergrads will like it for its brevity and clarity, while professors will enjoy it for its coverage of the campaign. At the low price of $14.95, it is a bargain." --David Slay

"Dossman recounts this very violent and bloody battle admirably, presenting the history of the battle in an engaging narrative. . . . The [Civil War Campaigns & Commanders] series is a delight to read, and this is another great addition. . . . recommended to Civil War enthusiasts." --Br. Benet Exton

"Mr Dossman is to be congratulated for an excellent book. It is well written, properly descriptive so you can follow the battle tactics and it springs with vitality!" --Ian Baird

“Overall, I found the book very insightful and descriptive. The book brings the story of the bloody campaign for Corinth to life through the compelling descriptions of the battles and fighting. Through seamless writing, one feels as though they are experiencing the campaign through the eyes and minds of the commanders and soldiers on both sides of the conflict.” --Charles Grear, Professor of History, Texas A&M University

"Rather than taking the reader on a step-by-step journey across the battlefield—a process that can sometimes prove tedious—Dossman humanizes the account through the use of the biographical sketches. (17 included) This approach is refreshing and effective. . . . a good general treatment of the subject, well-written and should prove enjoyable to anyone with a general interest in Civil War history or specifically the history of the Civil War in Mississippi." --The Journal of Mississippi History

"an excellent series [that] should be in every Texas school!" --Empire Books

"A running joke among many Civil War historians is the number of trivia books they have received as gifts from well-meaning relatives throughout their careers. Inconsequential and lacking any real scholarly value, such works gather dust on their bookshelves, kept around out of sentimental attachments to the giver. To twist a quote from the Mike Meyers character, Dr. Evil, they are Civil War lite, just one calorie.<br> --David Slay
"Fortunately, the McWhiney Foundation Press provides an alternative to low-cost fluff with the "Civil War Campaigns and Commanders" series. Steven Nathaniel Dossman's contribution to the series represents the type of work the foundation seeks to promote: brief, highly illustrated, easily digested studies.<br> --David Slay
"While the Campaign for Corinth breaks little new ground, it serves as a gateway book for those seeking a well-grounded understanding of the campaign. Each chapter contains biographical sketches and photos of the major players and landmarks. And refreshingly, Dossman's work contains no shortage of maps which in itself make this book worthy of purchase.<br> --David Slay
"While some elitists would consider an abundance of illustrations and maps as verging on popular history, Dossman's scholarship, as evidenced by his bibliography and notes, dispel such notions. It is a solid scholarly work, yet democratic in that it will appeal to a broad range of interested parties from buffs looking for their first book on Corinth to scholars seeking to brush up on the campaign.<br> --David Slay
"Dossman's writing style also contributes to the book's success. Alternating between open and closed narrative, he narrates the big picture while allowing the participants to contribute their own observations to the story, thus making it an easy read. Likewise, his organizational skills and maps make the campaign easy to follow.<br> --David Slay
"In conclusion, this work serves its intended purpose by appealing to a wide cross section of readers without going into exhaustive detail. Undergrads will like it for its brevity and clarity, while professors will enjoy it for its coverage of the campaign. At the low price of $14.95, it is a bargain." --David Slay

"5 stars . . . Written by a descendant of men who battled at Corinth, Campaign for Corinth: Blood in Mississippi examines the events through which the quiet little town of Corinth, Mississippi because one of the South's key strongholds during the American Civil War. Captured after a siege by Federal General Henry Halleck, Corinth became a target of Southern efforts to drive back the Union, and when the bloody campaign for Corinth reached its height, it paved the way for Grant's Vicksburg campaign and the ultimate fate of the Confederacy in the Mississippi Valley. A straightforward and harshly honest accounting of military history, accessible to lay readers and historians alike, and illustrated with occasional black-and-white photographs and maps." --Midwest Book Review

“It is always gratifying to read a fine first book by a young writer-historian with a knack for bringing the past alive. This is such a book. Dossman’s compact account of the Corinth campaign is deeply researched, rich with quotes, and well told—all the elements of a cracking good narrative history.” --John C. Waugh, author of 20 Good Reasons to Study the Civil War

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