Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Blasting Their Way
Federal troops labored 24 hours a day in the brutal heat of the Mississippi summer to dig deep trenches along Jackson Road from the Shirley House toward this position. The 45th Illinois Infantry then burrowed under the point of the redan and filled the mine with over 2,200 pounds of black powder.
Every man in the investing line become an army engineer day and night... Entrenchments, rifle pits, and dirt caves were made in every conceivable direction.
Into the Breach
On June 25th an explosion blew a huge hole in the walls of the fort. Union troops charged into the crater. A second wall stopped the soldiers in their tracks. For 26 hours a fierce battle raged. The Confederates held fast and forced the Union troops to withdraw. Vicksburg's defenses held.
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 32° 21.523′ N, 90° 50.633′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Touch for map. Located at the Third Louisiana
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Andrew Hickenlooper (a few steps from this marker); John E. Smith's Brigade; Assault, May 22, 1863. (a few steps from this marker); The Mine Explosion (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Logan's Approach. (a few steps from this marker); Melancthon Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Affair of the Crater; June 25-26, 1863. (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S. Appeal (Arkansas) Battery; (within shouting distance of this marker); Eugene Erwin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
Regarding Blasting Their Way. A redan is an arrow-shaped embankment forming part of a fortification. Here was one of the major Confederate fortifications guarding the Jackson Road approach to Vicksburg. Concluding that the fort was impregnable to direct assault, General Grant ordered his troops to dig mines under the work and blow it up. The first mine was detonated on June 25; the second on July 1. Neither succeeded in breaking the Confederate line.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 96 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.