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Delta in Madison Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Grant's Canal

 
 
Grant's Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
1. Grant's Canal Marker
Inscription. During the summer of 1862, the Federalsí first attempt to bypass Vicksburg by digging a canal across DeSoto Peninsula failed. By January, 1863, the Federals had reoccupied the Louisiana shore opposite Vicksburg. Gen. U.S. Grant ordered work on the canal resumed. The canal was to be 60 feet wide, one and one-half miles long, and deep enough to float any vessel on the river. Ground was broken on January 30. Negro work gangs assisted by fatigue details from the Union Army began the work. Later, steam pumps and dredge boats were employed. To stop the work, the Confederates emplaced several big guns on the shore opposite the canalís exit but the work progressed. On March 7, the upper dam gave way, flooding the entire peninsula. “Grantís Canal” had failed.
 
Location. 32° 19.258′ N, 90° 55.98′ W. Marker is in Delta, Louisiana, in Madison Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old Highway 80 East and Stafford Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in the Grantís Canal unit of the Vicksburg National Military Park; the above directions are to the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Delta LA 71233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mississippi Sidestep (here,
Grant's Canal and Mississippi Sidestep Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
2. Grant's Canal and Mississippi Sidestep Markers
next to this marker); a different marker also named Grant's Canal (here, next to this marker); U.S. Operations Against Vicksburg (here, next to this marker); Williams' Canal – 1862 (here, next to this marker); Grant's Canal – 1863 (a few steps from this marker); Freedmen Fight at Milliken's Bend (a few steps from this marker); U.S. African Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Delta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Grant's Canal. From the National Park Service website for Vicksburg National Military Park. (Submitted on June 17, 2015.) 

2. The Canal to Nowhere. An in-depth article by Terry L. Jones from the Disunion blog in the Opinionator section of the New York Times website. (Submitted on June 17, 2015.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Grant's Canal Unit of the Vicksburg NMP image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
3. Grant's Canal Unit of the Vicksburg NMP
View to southeast from Old Highway 80 East
Preserved Section of Grant's Canal image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
4. Preserved Section of Grant's Canal
View from Old Highway 80 East
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 257 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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