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

U.S. Operations Against Vicksburg

May 18 - July 24, 1862

 
 
U.S. Operations Against Vicksburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
1. U.S. Operations Against Vicksburg Marker
Inscription.
U.S.
Operations Against Vicksburg May 18 - July 24, 1862;
Department of the Gulf.
Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler;
2d Brigade, Department of the Gulf.
Brig. Gen. Thomas Williams;
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9th Connecticut Infantry, Col. Thomas W. Cahill;
30th Massachusetts Infantry, Col Nathan A.M. Dudley;
6th Michigan Infantry, Capt. Charles E. Clarke;
7th Vermont Infantry, Col. George T. Roberts;
4th Wisconsin Infantry, Col. Halbert E. Paine;
2d Battery, Massachusetts Light Artillery, Capt. Ormand F. Nims;
6th Battery, Massachusetts Light Artillery, Capt. Charles Everett;
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This brigade accompanied Flag Officer David G. Farragutís flotilla up the Mississippi River to Vicksburg and disembarked opposite the city in Madison Parish, Louisiana. Here the troops were put to work excavating a canal across the base of DeSoto Point in order to create a secure channel for navigation that would bypass the powerful Confederate batteries at Vicksburg. The effort ended in failure as Union soldiers succumbed to the heat, humidity, and disease. In late July, with the fleet threatened by rapidly falling water, the Federal forces withdrew downriver to Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
 
Location. 32° 19.255′ 
Markers and Monuments of Grant's Canal image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
2. Markers and Monuments of Grant's Canal
Marker is second marker on right side of sidewalk
N, 90° 55.984′ 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. Williams' Canal – 1862 (here, next to this marker); Grant's Canal (here, next to this marker); Mississippi Sidestep (here, next to this marker); Grant's Canal – 1863 (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Grant's Canal (here, next to 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. War, US Civil
 
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 209 times since then and 14 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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