This book tells the “real” history on Grierson’s raid. I always considered this raid as a minor diversion by just 2 Union cavalry regiments. What good could that produce. Smith shows how the Grant’s forces 7 individual probes into Northern Mississippi and Vicksburg with a week so he could secretly place his main forces across the Mississippi River south of Vicksburg.
Grierson’s raid was carried out with good planning, its own diversion and some lucky breaks. He created so much confusion that the Confederate response was moving the wrong direction and the wrong time.
The book is full of maps that show the paths his brigade followed and every site they camped. It includes many eye witness accounts and observations from Grierson’s own journal.
Highly recommend it.