Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Young’s Point / Milliken’s Bend / Omega Landing
Panel #33 Mississippi Riverwalk
A) Young’s Point
Mile 443.5 AHP
Before he began digging at Milliken’s Bend, General U.S. Grant had tried to build a canal below Young’s Point. If successful, the project would have created an artificial cutoff and diverted the river away from Vicksburg, MS. Before the canal was completed, the river rose and flooded the construction site, making further work impossible.
B) Milliken’s Bend
Mile 456.0 AHP
Before the U. S. Civil War, Milliken’s Bend was a prosperous little community with a busy landing. Early in 1863, General Grant’s Army was encamped at Milliken’s Bend. Each day they marched 10 miles south to Duckport Landing, where they were digging a canal to allow boats to pass from the Mississippi through several small streams, into the rid River. Grant hoped to use this waterway to move gunboats and troops south for an assault on Vicksburg, thereby avoiding the city’s powerful Confederate shore batteries. Just as the canal was finished, the river fell. Low water made the canal useless but opened a dry land route to the south Grand quickly assembled his army and marched them down the west bank past Vicksburg. They crossed the river into the Mississippi at Bruinsburg, south of Grand Gulf, to begin the campaign that needs with Vicksburg’s surrender. Shortly after the war, the town of Milliken’s Bend was washed away by the river.
C) Omega Landing
Mile 457.1 AHP
The steamer, Iron Mountain, hit a snag and sank one spring evening upstream from Omega Landing. All aboard escaped safely. The next morning her crew returned to inspect the wreckage, but the boat had disappeared. Months passed with no sign of the vessel’s remains When the spring high water fell, the Iron Mountain has discovered not far away. She had floated through a break in the levee and was sitting intact in the middle of a cotton field, where the receding river had dropped it.
Erected by Mississippi Riverwalk. (Marker Number 33.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list.
Location. 35° 8.968′ N, 90° 3.507′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker can be reached from Island Drive 0.8 miles south of West A.W. Willis Avenue when traveling south. Located in Mud Island River Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 N Front St, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mississippi Riverwalk (here, next to this marker); Ohio River (here, next to this marker); Cairo, Illinois (here, next to this marker); Islands No. 2, 3, and 4 / Fort Jefferson, Kentucky / Bird’s Point, Missouri (here, next to this marker); Island No. 5 (Wolf Island)/Belmont, Missouri/Columbus, Kentucky (here, next to this marker); Donaldson Point, Missouri/Island No. 8/Hickman, Kentucky/Dorena Crevasse (here, next to this marker); New Madrid, Missouri/Cates Casting Field/Island No. 10 (here, next to this marker); Tiptonville, Tennessee/Bixby Towhead (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Young's Point. Young's Point, a small town on the Mississippi River, was occupied by the Union Army of the Tennessee after the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou on December 27–29, 1862. It was used as a staging area for the Arkansas Post Expedition and as a headquarters by Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and of the XV Corps during the winter of 1862-63. It was used by Adm. David D. Porter's Mississippi River Squadron as an advanced naval station during that time. (Submitted on March 18, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
2. Battle of Milliken's Bend. The Battle of Milliken's Bend, fought June 7, 1863, was part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. Confederate Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton and his army were besieged in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by Union commander Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Tennessee. In an effort to cut Grant's supply line and relieve the city, the Confederates attacked the Union supply area at Milliken's Bend up the Mississippi. The Milliken's Bend area, 15 miles to the northwest of Vicksburg, had until recently served as a staging area for Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. It was a site of supply depots and hospitals, many of which were manned and guarded by US Colored Troops, some of whom were recently recruited freedmen. (Submitted on March 18, 2018, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
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