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Port Hudson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Union Batteries 7 and 8

 
 
Union Batteries 7 and 8 Marker image. Click for full size.
July 30, 2016
1. Union Batteries 7 and 8 Marker
Inscription. "...a cleared space was found, overlooking deep ravines in which trees had been chopped down and left as they fell, and on the opposite side of which the newly thrown up works of the enemy (Fort Desperate) were plainly visible. The two leading batteries moved at once to this spot and opened fire in a space hardly large enough to afford the room for one battery. The enemy had its range perfectly, and their guns opened upon the head of the column (Union troops) as it appeared, creating fearful slaughter. Here Battery A in a very short time had two men killed, Lieutenant Humphrey and eleven men wounded, fifteen horses killed and two pieces (cannons) disabled."
Lieutenant William L. Haskin
Battery F
1st U.S. Artillery Regiment


Two Union batteries were situated near this location, stretching approximately 75 yards on either side of concrete trail. Only 400 yards from Fort Desperate, these batteries poured deadly fire into the Confederate works throughout the 48-day siege.

Union Battery No. 7: Battery G, 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery Regiment, Captain Edward McLaflin, commanding. Two 4.2-inch Parrott Rifled cannons.

Union Battery No. 8: 6th Massachusetts Battery, Captain William W. Carruth, commanding; four 12-pounder Napoleon guns. Battery A, 1st U.S. Artillery Regiment, Captain Edmund
Union Batteries 7 and 8 Marker image. Click for full size.
July 30, 2016
2. Union Batteries 7 and 8 Marker
C. Bainbridge, commanding; four 12-pounder Napoleon guns. Battery A, 1st U.S. Artillery Regiment, Lieutenant Hardman P. Norris, commanding; two 3-inch ordnance rifled cannons.
 
Location. 30° 41.324′ N, 91° 16.494′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from U.S. 61 one mile north of Port Hudson/Plains Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 Hwy 61, Jackson LA 70748, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Trench (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Sap (about 400 feet away); Confederate Tunnel (about 400 feet away); Exterior Rifle Pit (about 400 feet away); Sharpshooter Tower (about 400 feet away); Subterranean Torpedoes (about 400 feet away); Fort Desperate Artillery (about 400 feet away); Fort Desperate (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Port Hudson.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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