Saturday, May 11, 2013


          A new book, The Vicksburg 28th Louisiana Infantry by Michael Dan Jones, tells the story of a regiment that was involved in the 1862-63 defense of the "Gibraltar of the Mississippi," Vicksburg, from the first attack by the Union fleet of Admiral Farragut, to the final siege by Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
          The regiment had its finest hour in the war during the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, Miss. on Dec. 28, 1862, when it was compared to the Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae in Ancient Greece, for holding off an enemy force many times its size.
         The regiment was made up of men from throughout Louisiana who endured incredible hardships and danger for their sacred cause of Southern Independence.
         The author, Michael Dan Jones, has drawn from many sources, including memoirs and official reports, to highlight the men of the 28th Louisiana  Infantry who defended their homes, families and country with honor and integrity during one of the most epic campaigns of the War for Southern Independence.
          Jones is a cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, Texas and lives near Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a retired newspaper report, a Vietnam War veteran, and the author of a number of books and historical articles.
           He is a recipient of the Jefferson Davis Medal for historical writing from the United Daughters of the Confederacy. He is also a member of Captain James W. Bryan Camp 1390, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
          The Vicksburg 28th Louisiana Infantry by Michael Dan Jones (, 238 pages, photographs, maps, illustrations, footnotes, bibliography and index, trade paperback, $16.95.
         The book is also available at and other online book sellers.


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