The Civil War's vast Western Theater witnessed ermously important military campaigns during the period between 1861 and 1863. This book examines the geographical, logistical, and strategic factors that shaped fighting in this theater of the Civil War. It also assesses the officers who played key roles. It covers the story of Ulysses S. Grant's extremely important capture of rebel positions before marching south to win the battle of Shiloh, as well as that of Albert Sidney Johnston, the pride of the Confederacy. Finally, It details the dramatic events of the siege of Vickburgthe Confederates' final fortress.