Pascagoula in Jackson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Louisiana Native Guard Attacks Pascagoula
Since 1862, Ship Island, 11 miles south of Biloxi, was under Federal control and was used to support and supply the US Navy blockading fleet off the Mississippi coast. It was garrisoned by the 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guard. These were Black troops enlisted to the Union cause in Louisiana after the fall of New Orleans in April, 1862.
Col. N W. Daniels launched a raid against Pascagoula using 180 soldiers of the 2nd Native Guard with the intent of preventing Confederate reinforcements from Mobile being deployed to other sectors under attack. Slipping out from Ship Island on April 8, the soldiers were transported by the USS General Banks and rendezvoused with the USS John P Jackson, a Federal gunboat on blockade duty near Horn Island. The detachment swarmed ashore the following morning and a house-to-house fire-fight ensued with 40 troopers of the Mobile Dragoons while the gunboat Jackson
Both sides counted the battle as a victory: the Pascagoula defenders because they had rebuffed a Union assault, and the Federal troops because they had surprised the small garrison and gotten away with the Confederate flag from the top of the large hotel used as garrison headquarters. The 2nd Native Guard subsequently underwent a change in unit designation but continued to participate in numerous actions until 1865.
Top right: Pascagoula Beachfront at the time of the Civil War.
Erected 2012 by the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society & the City of Pascagoula.
Location. 30° 20.61′ N, 88° 32.097′ W. Marker is in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in Jackson County. Marker is on Beach Boulevard east of Oliver Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 City Park Street, Pascagoula MS 39567, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Camp Jefferson Davis (a few steps from this marker); President Zachary Taylor's Summer Home Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Jefferson Davis - Soldiers Return From The Mexican War - 1848 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Twiggs and the Military Asylum 1849-1855 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Camp Lawson – Military Hospital on Greenwood Island – 1848 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Longfellow House (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Faulkner, Pascagoula Novelist (approx. one mile away); The Round Island Affair - 1849 (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pascagoula.
Also see . . . 2nd Regiment Louisiana Native Guard - Union Assault on Pascagoula. (Submitted on March 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.