Port Hudson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
"Colonel Johnson had galleries dug under his breastworks through which his men could crawl into the outer ditch and sharp shoot from that..."
Lieutenant Howard C. Wright
30th Louisiana Infantry Regiment
In order to have safe passage from the interior of Fort Desperate to its surrounding ditch, troops of the 15th Arkansas dug a tunnel connecting the two points. The men could use this tunnel to enter the outside ditch and fire down into the ravines at approaching Union soldiers. Today the exact location of the tunnel is unknown due to natural erosion of the earthworks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 41.295′ N, 91° 16.566′ 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. The marker is located about 1 mile along the trail to Fort Desperate, part of a 6-mile walking trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 US Hwy 61, Jackson LA 70748, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Exterior Rifle Pit (here, next to this marker); Union Sap (a few steps from this marker); Union Trench (a few steps from this marker); Sharpshooter Tower (a few steps from this marker); Fort Desperate Artillery (a few steps from this marker); Fort Desperate (within shouting distance of this marker); Subterranean Torpedoes (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Batteries 7 and 8 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Hudson.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2016, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 25, 2016.