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

Confederate Fort

 
 
Confederate Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
1. Confederate Fort Marker
Inscription. Main defensive position on Yalobusha River line held by Gen. Pemberton in fall of 1862 to repel Gen. Grant, whose army of 25,000 was moving to attack Vicksburg.
 
Erected 1954 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 33° 47.299′ N, 89° 46.083′ W. Marker is in Grenada, Mississippi, in Grenada County. Marker is at the intersection of Loop State Highway 333 and E J Henry Road, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 333. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2088 Scenic Route 333, Grenada MS 38901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. Augustine Signaigo (approx. 1.7 miles away); Grenada County Confederate Monument (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named J. Augustine Signaigo (approx. 2 miles away); Grenada Blues (approx. 2 miles away); Magic Slim (approx. 2.6 miles away); 94th Infantry Division (approx. 6.8 miles away); Camp McCain (approx. 6.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Confederate Fort. Two forts were built in anticipation
Reasons for Confederate Forts on nearby sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
2. Reasons for Confederate Forts on nearby sign.

During the Civil War, Grenada served as the center of the Yalabousha Line. This defensive line reached from Greenwood on the west to Columbus on the east. Confederate troops concentrated at this important rail center and supply depot. From here, they were moved to other important points along the line. Eight forts were constructed around Grenada to protect these vital installations. The fort you are bout to see was constructed to protect the Grenada - Graysport Road over which General Van Dorn traveled for his famous raid on General Grantís supply depot at Holly Springs, Mississippi.
of a battle being fought on the Yalobusha River when General Grant was advancing down the Mississippi Central Railroad. They can be viewed and markers are present to show sonic interpretations of the fort sites. Five other Civil War Forts exist on private property. One fort has been restored while the others remain in its natural condition.

The City of Grenada served as a vital rail center and supply depot during the American Civil War. Following the Union victories at Shiloh in Tennessee and Corinth in northeast Mississippi, General John C. Pemberton, commanding the Confederate forces, established a strong defensive line, known as the Yalobusha Line, along the railroad that ran from Greenwood, Mississippi to Columbus, Mississippi. Pemberton used the Yalobusha Line to block Union General Ulysses S. Grantís attempt to capture Vicksburg, Mississippi, by way of the Mississippi Central Railroad. During the winter of 1862 more than 22,000 Confederate Troops were stationed in and around Grenada, Mississippi. These troops constructed eight forts to protect this strategic rail center.

If it were not for the success of Confederate General Earl Van Dornís infamous Confederate Calvary Raid on Grantís Supply Depot in Holly Springs, Mississippi, a major Civil War Battle most certainly would have taken place at Grenada.
 
Also see . . .
Confederate Fort area. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
3. Confederate Fort area.
 Grant's Mississippi Central Railroad Campaign and the defense of Vicksburg. (Submitted on October 23, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View of marker looking north on Mississippi Scenic Loop 333. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
4. View of marker looking north on Mississippi Scenic Loop 333.
View of marker looking south towards E J Henry Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
5. View of marker looking south towards E J Henry Road.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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