Grenada in Grenada County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Erected 1954 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Location. 33° 47.299′ N, 89° 46.083′ W. Marker is in Grenada, Mississippi, in Grenada County. Marker is at the intersection of Loop Mississippi Route 333 and E J Henry Road, on the right when traveling north on State Route 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 of a battle being fought on the Yalobusha River when General Grant was advancing down the Mississippi Central Railroad.
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 . . . 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 Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
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