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A “Soldiers’ Battle” in the Underbrush

 
 
A "Soldiers' Battle" in the Underbrush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
1. A "Soldiers' Battle" in the Underbrush Marker
Inscription. Upstream, to your left, Confederate and Union soldiers fought through the creek’s thick underbrush. Here at the far right of the Confederate line, Col. Hiram Granbury’s 7th Texas regiment, CSA, charged into the thickets but were confronted by Ohio and Illinois troops, USA, who had already reached the deep-banked creek and occupied it as a fortification. Without any hope of dislodging entrenched troops, the Texans' charge broke and hand-to-hand fighting commenced.

Confusion Compounded
The haze in this valley on that Tuesday and the dense cover of underbrush prevented the commanders from seeing what was happening. This breakdown in communication is an example of a “soldiers’ battle” where the commanders lose control and field officers or even individual soldiers take charge of their own actions.

     “When we rushed through the brook, we found the enemy upon us but we found also that the bank of the brook sloped off a bit, with a kind of beach at its further edge, which made a first rate shelter. So, we dropped on the ground right there and gave those Texans all the bullets we could cram into our Enfields until our guns were hot enough to sizzle.
     “We soon found they didn’t scare worth a cent.”
     Lt. Henry O. Dwight, 20th Ohio, USA

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Mississippi
Battle of Raymond, afternoon, May 12, 1863 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
2. Battle of Raymond, afternoon, May 12, 1863
Close-up of map on marker
native Col. Hiram Granbury, CSA, lived here in Hinds County before he moved to Texas in 1850, where a town is named for him.
 
Location. 32° 14.504′ N, 90° 26.782′ 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. Eyewitnesses in the Storm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McPherson's Deployment (about 500 feet away); U.S. 8th Battery, Michigan Light Artillery (about 500 feet away); DeGolyer's Battery and the Artist's Eye (about 500 feet away); Battle of Raymond (about 700 feet away); Texas Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gregg's Battle Plan (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named U.S. 8th Battery, Michigan 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 1/3 mile walk from
A "Soldiers' Battle" in the Underbrush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
3. A "Soldiers' Battle" in the Underbrush Marker
Marker next to Fourteenmile Creek
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
 
Marker along the Raymond Military Park Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
4. Marker along the Raymond Military Park Walking Trail
View to Southwest from Exhibit Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
5. View to Southwest from Exhibit Kiosk
Marker is at the far end of the field on the right side
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 129 times since then and 4 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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