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

DeGolyer's Battery and the Artist's Eye

 
 
DeGolyer's Battery and the Artist's Eye Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
1. DeGolyer's Battery and the Artist's Eye Marker
Inscription. As soon as the fighting broke out that morning, six guns of the 8th Michigan Light Artillery, marching near the front of the column, unlimbered and “went into battery” about a hundred yards from the bridge. They returned fire on the Confederate artillery about a thousand yards down the road, approximately where the water tower is seen today.

Realizing his cannon could be captured by enemy troops breaking out of the wooded undergrowth along the creek, DeGolyer moved back to a slight ridge about a hundred yards south of here. Eventually twenty-two cannon were arrayed to support the infantry.

While the guns were positioned close to the creek, the artist-journalist Theodore Davis documented the unfolding battle. The engraved illustration on the left, published in Harperís Weekly newspaper, is the same view toward the bridge today. The sketch on the right is probably an extension of this scene but is relatively unknown. This sketch and the artistís description verify many details about the battle such as General Loganís (on horseback) heroic rallying of the troops.

†††††“There is still a reminder of the incident in the form of a scar on my left knee as large as a half-dollar, made by the bullet that killed my horse.”
†††††“Many persons have said that since my duty was only
Marker on the South Side of Fourteenmile Creek Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
2. Marker on the South Side of Fourteenmile Creek Bridge
View to northeast
to see, and not to fight, they should think that I would not be shot at, and so did not incur danger of being it .... My most peculiar experience of this sort was having a sketch-book shot out of my hand and sent whirlin over my shoulder.”
†††††Theodore (Theo) Davis (far above), was shot in the knee and his horse was killed at Raymond while making these sketches.
 
Location. 32° 14.435′ N, 90° 26.721′ W. Marker is in Raymond, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker can be reached from Port Gibson Street 0.1 miles from 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. U.S. 8th Battery, Michigan Light Artillery (a few steps from this marker); McPherson's Deployment (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Raymond (within shouting distance of this marker); Eyewitnesses in the Storm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A "Soldiers' Battle" in the Underbrush (about
North Side of Fourteen Mile Creek Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
3. North Side of Fourteen Mile Creek Bridge
View to southwest from Raymond Military Park walking trail
500 feet away); Texas Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Battery D, 1st Illinois Light Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. 11th Battery, Ohio Light Artillery (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 just across Fourteen Mile Creek. It is a ľ mile walk from the parking area to the marker.
 
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
 
Raymond Military Park Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
4. Raymond Military Park Walking Trail
View to southwest towards Fourteen Mile Creek bridge
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 9 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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