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

Gregg's Battle Plan

 
 
Gregg's Battle Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
1. Gregg's Battle Plan Marker
Inscription. Confederate Brig. Gen. John Gregg arrived in Raymond on May 11 with orders from Pemberton to contain the right flank of the Federal army as it advanced north and determine where it was heading. Thinking he faced a force only half the size of his, the combative Gregg decided to attack. To insure victory, Gregg devised an ambush in which one regiment would stop the Federal advance at Fourteenmile Creek while the two other regiments would cross over from the Gallatin Road and push the Federals against a bend in the deep creek bed of Fourteenmile Creek.

All in all, it was a good plan, except that Gregg’s troops did not face an inferior force. Without sufficient cavalry to act as scouts, Gregg simply did not know how many Union Soldiers were marching up the road.

     “The citizens (of Raymond) met us kindly and wonderingly. ... Early on the morning of the 12, the town was overrun with soldiers, having what we called a ‘high old time.’ In the midst of the fun, feasting, and coquetting the long roll sounded, and every man answered promptly. General Gregg moved through the town very quietly, where hundreds of people were eagerly watching events, little dreaming of the carnage to follow.”
     Private Sumner A. Cunningham, 41st Tennessee, CSA

     “Captain Boone’s company was thrown out
Battle of Raymond, morning, May 12, 1863 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
2. Battle of Raymond, morning, May 12, 1863
Close-up of map on marker
as skirmishers, while we formed along the road in an excellent defensive position. While waiting here for the advance of the enemy, we learned that Captain Boone was killed while deploying his skirmishers. His death cast a momentary gloom over the regiment but the circumstance was soon forgotten in the excitement of the hour.”
     Pvt. W.J. Davidson, 41st Tennessee, CSA

     “... we hadn’t time to more than turn our heads when from out of the quiet woods on the other side of the brook, there came a great yell, of thousands of voices, followed by a crashing roar of musketry as one doesn’t often hear unless he has been prepared for it.”
     Lt. Henry O. Dwight, 20th Ohio, USA
 
Location. 32° 14.625′ N, 90° 26.607′ 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 in the main part of the Raymond Military Park; 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 Vicksburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); The Little J Railroad
Park Walking Trail Leading Up to Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
3. Park Walking Trail Leading Up to Marker
View to south from exhibit kiosk
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Raymond as a Pivotal Point in the Vicksburg Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Raymond - This Walking Trail (about 300 feet away); C.S. Gregg's Task Force (about 400 feet away); The Campaign Turns East (about 400 feet away); Texas Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eyewitnesses in the Storm (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Raymond.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located along the Raymond Military Park walking trail near the parking area for the park.
 
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 5, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Parking Area for Raymond Military Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
4. Parking Area for Raymond Military Park
Marker located just beyond parking area
Marker on Raymond Military Park Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
5. Marker on Raymond Military Park Walking Trail
This section of the walking trail (on the left)
follows the abandoned alignment of Utica Road
southwestward to Fourteenmile Creek
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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