The battle of champion hill was the decisive land engagement of the vicksburg campaign the may 16 1863 fighting took place just 20 miles east of the river city where the advance of gen ulysses s grants federal army attacked gen john c pembertons hastily gathered confederates. The battle of champion hill fought may 16 1863 was the pivotal battle in the vicksburg campaign of the american civil war 1861 1865 union army commander maj gen ulysses s grant and the army of the tennessee pursued the retreating confederate states army under lt gen john c pemberton and defeated his army twenty miles to the east of vicksburg mississippi leading inevitably to the . Champion hill decisive battle for vicksburg by dr timothy b smith published by savas beatie llc is a must read for those convinced that the western campaign of americas civil war is as important as the battles east of the appalachian mountains dr. Champion hill decisive battle for vicksburg on the other hand allocates 279 of its 592 pages and 31 of its 39 maps specifically to the battle of may 16 1863 this important civil war battle deserves the attention given it by this book
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