Port Gibson in Claiborne County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Port Gibson
On May 1, 1863, Confederate forces under Brig. Gen. John Bowen clashed with elements of two Union corps commanded by Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant. The battle began around midnight near the Shaifer House four miles west of town. At dawn, the Federals advanced against the flanks of Bowen’s line posted on the Rodney and Bruinsburg roads, but separated by deep ravines. Forced back two miles, Bowen was finally compelled by overwhelming numbers to withdraw after 5 p.m. Two months later, Vicksburg surrendered.
Erected 2004 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Location. 31° 57.569′ N, 90° 59.103′ W. Marker is in Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is at the intersection of Main/Market Street and Carroll Street/Rodney Road, on the right when traveling south on Main/Market Street. Click for map. Marker is at the southeast corner of the park, two blocks west of Church Street - US Hwy 61. Marker is in this post office area: Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rabbit Foot Minstrels (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunken Trace (approx. 1.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Bayou Pierre Presbyterian Church Mangum Mound (approx. 5.5 miles away but has been reported missing); Grindstone Ford (approx. 6.1 miles away); Windsor Ruins (approx. 8.6 miles away); Civil War Skirmish (approx. 10.3 miles away); Owens Creek (approx. 11.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Port Gibson.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Port Gibson. (Submitted on September 10, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Vicksburg Campaign: Battle of Port Hudson. (Submitted on April 15, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,151 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.