Port Hudson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
1st Lieutenant Fred Y. Dabney,
Port Hudson Garrison
Concerned that Union soldiers would invade by tunneling through the walls of Fort Desperate, Confederate engineers halted their plan. By planting 8, 10, and 13-inch cannon shells into the dirt walls surrounding the fort, the engineers ensured this would not happen. Wired with a friction primer detonators the shells could be exploded by Confederate sentinels inside Fort Desperate.
Location. 30° 41.274′ N, 91° 16.555′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from Louisiana Route 61 one mile north of Pride/Port Hudson Rd., on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the Port Hudson State Historic Site. The marker is located about 1 mile along the trail to Fort Desperate, part of a 6-mile walking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson LA 70748, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Fort Desperate (a few steps from this marker); Union Sap (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Batteries 7 and 8 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Battery No. 1 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Port Hudson (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. Navy 42-Pounder Gun, Model 1816 On Barbette Carriage (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. Navy 32 Pounder Gun (approx. 0.4 miles away); U.S. Navy 8 - Inch Shell Gun (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Port Hudson.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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