Near Port Gibson in Claiborne County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Grant at Hankinson's Ferry
The 20th Ohio reached Hankinson's Ferry just as the Rebel engineers were preparing to destroy the flatboat-bridge. While Capt. S. De Golyer's Union guns roared, the Ohioans charged over the bridge, scattering the Confederates. Possession of the bridge enabled Grant to send patrols across the Big Black and up the Vicksburg road. Such thrusts helped confuse the Confederate leaders about Federal intentions.
The XVII Corps camped in these fields south of the river from May 3-7. From May 4-7, Grant's headquarters were at Hankinson's Ferry. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1863.
Location. 32° 2.401′ N, 90° 53.493′ W. Marker is near Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Port Gibson Road and Old U.S. 61, on the left when traveling north on Old Port Gibson Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Old Port Gibson Road, Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fight for Hankinson's Ferry (here, next to this marker); Skirmish at Willow Springs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grindstone Ford (approx. 2.6 miles away); Owens Creek (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Road to Vicksburg (approx. 4.2 miles away); Site of the Hermitage (approx. 4.3 miles away); Federals Occupy Rocky Springs (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Town of Rocky Springs (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gibson.
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Also see . . . Grant's Vicksburg Supply Line - The Civil War Trust. (Submitted on May 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Additional keywords. Big Black River
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.