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Near Grand Gulf in Claiborne County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Point of Rock

 
 
Point of Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
1. Point of Rock Marker
Inscription.  In 1863 Point of Rock jutted far above the swirling waters of the Mississippi. Before the Civil War there was a large house with extensive gardens on top of Point of Rock. Before Brigadier General John S. Bowen’s troops were ordered to Grand Gulf in March 1863, the dwelling had been burned.

One could see up and down the river for miles from the top of Point of Rock. Bowen chose this point for his observation station, from which he and his officers anxiously watched the powerful Union buildup at Hard Times.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1863.
 
Location. 32° 2.579′ N, 91° 3.072′ W. Marker is near Grand Gulf, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker can be reached from Grand Gulf Road, 1.8 miles north of Frazier Road when traveling north. This marker, along with several others, are located in a wooded area at the end of Grand Gulf Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Hot Shot Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Cobun
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Naval Battle During Grant’s Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Whirlpool (within shouting distance of this marker); On to Vicksburg (approx. 0.7 miles away); Grand Gulf (approx. 0.7 miles away); Town of Grand Gulf (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Rifle Pits (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Gulf.
 
Point of Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
2. Point of Rock Marker
Marker is on the right.
Gen. John S. Bowen image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse
3. Gen. John S. Bowen
The Battle of Grand Gulf image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse
4. The Battle of Grand Gulf
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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