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Raymond in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Vicksburg Campaign

 
 
The Vicksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
1. The Vicksburg Campaign Marker
Inscription. “Vicksburg is the key,” said President Abraham Lincoln. “The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.”

The United States government had to control the lower Mississippi River in order to move agricultural products to world markets, to split the South and sever its supply lines. In the spring of 1863, Major General Ulysses S. Grant launched the Army of the Tennessee on a series of maneuvers and battles to pocket Vicksburg and end the war.

“The most brilliant campaign ever fought on American soil” involved deception and counter-intelligence, rapid marches, naval actions, a large-scale amphibious crossing, and fighting in difficult terrain and harsh climate. Grant’s invading force brought war to the interior of the Deep South and eventually captured Vicksburg and an entire Confederate army, re-opening the Mississippi River.

A Driving Tour
Along this tour you will experience the terrain these armies crossed in 1863, some of the most varied and difficult terrain of any military campaign. Some of the sites and nearby roadways have changed little since the Vicksburg Campaign. At several sites along the way, and at the Vicksburg National Military Park, interpretation is provided.

(Left Drawing Caption)
Bombardment
Upper Map of the Vicksburg Campaign Driving Tour image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
2. Upper Map of the Vicksburg Campaign Driving Tour
Close-up of map on marker
of the Vicksburg Batteries by Rear Admiral David Porter’s gunboats on the night of April 16, 1863. Among the variety of innovations used to conduct war in the lower Mississippi River valley was this flotilla of vessels designed specifically for use on these rivers. The remains of one of these gunboats, the “USS Cairo,” can be viewed in the Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Location. 32° 14.668′ N, 90° 26.611′ W. Marker is in Raymond, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker can be reached from Port Gibson Street 0.1 miles north of Mississippi Highway 18, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located at the Raymond Military Park on an exhibit kiosk at the beginning of the walking trail; the above directions are to the parking area for the park. Marker is in this post office area: Raymond MS 39154, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Little J Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Raymond as a Pivotal Point in the Vicksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Battle of Raymond - This Walking Trail (here, next to this marker); C.S. Gregg's Task Force (within shouting distance of this marker); The Campaign Turns East
Lower Map of the Vicksburg Campaign Driving Tour image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
3. Lower Map of the Vicksburg Campaign Driving Tour
Close-up of map on marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Gregg's Battle Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); To Clinton and Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named C.S. Gregg's Task Force (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Raymond.
 
Also see . . .  Friends of Raymond. Official website of the Friends of Raymond with detailed information on the Battle of Raymond and the preservation of the battlefield. (Submitted on July 4, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Gunboats Running Past Vicksburg at Night image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
4. Gunboats Running Past Vicksburg at Night
Close-up of drawing on marker
Walking Trail Exhibit Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
5. Walking Trail Exhibit Kiosk
Exhibit includes markers for the Walking Trail,
the Battle of Raymond, the Vicksburg Campaign,
and the Little J Railroad
Battle of Raymond Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
6. Battle of Raymond Battlefield
View to southwest towards Fourteenmile Creek
and west section of battlefield
Parking Area for Raymond Military Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
7. Parking Area for Raymond Military Park
Marker and exhibit kiosk on right side next to walking trail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 149 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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