Vicksburg: A Photographic Journey with Voices From the Past
Photographed by Helen S. Schwartz. Text by Katharine A. Sloan
(September 2008 Civil War News)

Illustrated, bibliography, softcover, 112 pp., 2008. Artistry in Photography, P.O. Box 491, Langhorne, PA 19047, $21.95 plus shipping.

Reviewer: Robert L. Durham
Robert L. Durham is a computer specialist. A longtime Civil War buff, he is also interested in Old West history and has written articles and book reviews for Alamo Journal, True West, Journal of the Alamo Battlefield Association, and Alamo de Parras web site at

Vicksburg is a collection of fine color photographs of the Vicksburg battlefield. Each photograph is accompanied by an appropriate quotation from a participant in the siege and a narrative describing either the monument or site pictured, or a portrayal of the battle action that took place on that site.

This volume is an inspiring look at present day Vicksburg, a place that, in the words of Jefferson Davis, was “the nailhead that held the South’s two halves together.”

I recommend Vicksburg to anyone having an interest in the battle, especially those who have visited or are planning to visit; it would make a fantastic souvenir and reminder of your vacation. It is a handsome book for your bookshelf or coffee table.