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Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers

 
 
Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
1. Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Memorial
Front Side
Inscription. Known as Connecticutís Irish Regiment, due to its predominant makeup of soldiers borned n Ireland, the Ninth was mustered in at New Haven in September 1861. In December, the 845-man regiment arrived at Ship Island, Mississippi, and was among the first Union troops to enter New Orleans after the city surrendered in April 1862. Two months later, the Ninth was part of the expeditionary force led by Gen. Thomas Williams that steamed up the Mississippi River in the first Union campaign to capture Vicksburg. Lacking sufficient numbers for an assault or siege, the troops were put to work excavating Williamsí Canal in an attempt to bypass Vicksburg and restore unfettered navigation of the Mississippi.

The Ninth Connecticut arrived at De Soto Point, opposite Vicksburg, on June 25, 1862, and began felling trees, cutting roots, and turning dirt. Supply problems, lack of drinking water, and temperatures that reached above 100 degrees took a heavy toll as malaria, dysentery, and heatstroke spread throughout the command. With the river level dropping and troops incapacitated by heat and disease, the canal project was abandoned on July 24, far short of completion. Some 153 men of the Ninth died within a four-month period following their arrival at the canal. While the Ninth saw no further action at Vicksburg, it participated in the Battle
Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
2. Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Memorial
Rear Side
of Baton Rouge in August and was then assigned to defenses in the New Orleans area.
 
Erected 2008.
 
Location. 32° 19.24′ N, 90° 55.969′ 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. U.S. African Brigade (here, next to this marker); Freedmen Fight at Milliken's Bend (a few steps from this marker); Grant's Canal – 1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Operations Against Vicksburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant's Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi Sidestep (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Grant's Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Williams' Canal – 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Delta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers 1861-1865
Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Memorial<br>and US African Brigade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
3. Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Memorial
and US African Brigade Marker
. Detailed website on the regiment including its history and monuments. (Submitted on June 17, 2015.) 

2. Grant's Canal. From the National Park Service website for Vicksburg National Military Park. (Submitted on June 17, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Ninth Regiment Connecticut<br>Volunteers Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
4. Ninth Regiment Connecticut
Volunteers Memorial
Left Tablet
Ninth Regiment Connecticut<br>Volunteers Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
5. Ninth Regiment Connecticut
Volunteers Memorial
Right Tablet
Memorial Drawing image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
6. Memorial Drawing
Front Side
Memorial Drawing image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
7. Memorial Drawing
Rear Side
Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
8. Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Memorial
View to northwest towards Old US 80 East
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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