Port Hudson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
"...on the front of another division commander, I find another serpentine approach, which has been dug very wide, and yet could not admit more than four or five men abreast. It ends near the rebel parapet..."
Lieutenant Colonel Edward Bacon
6th Michigan Infantry Regiment
Following their failure to take Fort Desperate on June 14, Union troops began digging a deep sap or trench that zigzagged from one ravine to another across the ridge in front of Fort Desperate. Work on the sap had ceased by July 5 because the effectiveness of Confederate sharpshooters. After the Confederate surrender on July 9, occupying Union troops filled in the sap. No trace of it remains today.
Federal troops digging sap Illustration by Don Smith
Location. 30° 41.293′ N, 91° 16.561′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from U.S. 61 one mile north of Plains-Port Hudson Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located within the Port Hudson State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 U.S Hwy 61, Jackson LA 70748, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Desperate (within shouting distance of this Subterranean Torpedoes (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.
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