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

Eyewitnesses in the Storm

 
 
Eyewitnesses in the Storm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
1. Eyewitnesses in the Storm Marker
Inscription.

     “One officer, not more than thirty feet from where I stood, quietly loaded up an old Meerschaum, lit a match, his pistol hanging form his wrist, and when he had got his pipe agoing, he got hold of his pistol again, and went on popping away at us as leisurely as if he had been shooting rats. Why that fellow didn’t get shot I don’t know.”
     “That it was a pretty tough time that we had of it, lying there by the brook and digging our toes into the ground for fear that the mass of men in front would push us back over the bank after all. But, every man held his place, for every one felt as if there was a precipice behind and he would go down a thousand feet if he let go his hold on that bank.”
     Lt. Henry Dwight, 20th Ohio, USA (photo, above right)

     “The fighting around the battery was bloody in the extreme. The Third moved up in support, and in ten minutes one hundred ninety of the five hundred comprising their number were killed or wounded. By this time the battle along the whole line was raging with incredible fury. At the one hundred and thirteenth round one of Bledsoe’s guns burst ..."
(photo, right)

     “The battle was now fierce. Almost hand-to-hand so close were they that
Eyewitnesses in the Storm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
2. Eyewitnesses in the Storm Marker
View to southwest towards Artillery Ridge
some of the boys fixed their bayonets ready to stab them. Both lines stood equally firm, both equally determined as a couple of bull dogs engaged in a death struggle. The air was full of hissing bullets, they cut up the ground and made the dust fly in our rear as though a heavy shower of hail was falling.
     Sgt. Ira Blanchard, 20th Illinois, USA

     “Every man of us knew it would be sure death to all to retreat—for we had behind us a bank seven feet high—made slippery by the wading and climbing back of the wounded and where the foe could be at our heels in a moment.”
     “For two hours the contest raged furiously, but as man after man dropped dead or wounded, the rest were inspired the more firmly to hold fast their places and avenge the fallen.
     “The Creek was running red with precious blood spilt for our country.”
     Sgt. Osborn Oldroyd, 20th Ohio, USA (right)

     “Our men by this time had shot away all their ammunition and a fresh column was advancing directly upon us. No support appeared upon our rear or left and we had been so terribly cut up and scattered in the thick woods that the colonel thought best to order a retreat. We were barely in time, for before our left wing could fall back the Yankees succeeded in capturing some of our men who were exhausted. All the
Marker along the Raymond Military Park Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
3. Marker along the Raymond Military Park Walking Trail
way back we were severely galled by the enemy on both flanks. We had to leave many of our wounded in the woods, not being able to carry them away, in spite of their entreaties not to be abandoned. Our whole force then fell back to Raymond and immediately commenced their retreat.”
     Capt. Flavel Barber, 3rd Tennessee, CSA (photo, left, courtesy of The Lilly Library, Indiana University)
 
Location. 32° 14.476′ N, 90° 26.739′ 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. McPherson's Deployment (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. 8th Battery, Michigan Light Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); DeGolyer's Battery and the Artist's Eye (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A "Soldiers' Battle" in the Underbrush (about 300 feet away); Battle of Raymond
View to Southwest from Exhibit Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
4. View to Southwest from Exhibit Kiosk
Marker is at the far end of the field on the left side
(about 400 feet away); Texas Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gregg's Battle Plan (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. It is a ¼ 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 6, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 18 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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