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Port Hudson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Commissary Hill

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January 5, 2019
1. Commissary Hill Marker
"During the fierce assault on May 27 on our whole left wing, Commissary Hill was an essential object of attack. Here we had a four gun battery, and behind it were our commissary stores, arsenal and old ginhouse containing the little grist mills which did all the grinding for the army. Our battery did great execution by destroying a number of field guns, but sharpshooters hidden in the fallen timbers soon made our battery untenable by shooting our gunners, compelling them to lie behind the parapet and await assault."
Private Edward Y. McMorries
Company G,
1st Alabama Infantry Regiment

Site of a five gun battery, Commissary Hill protected the Port Hudson garrison's commissary complex, which was located in the creek bottom at the rear of the hill.

Manned by artillerists from the Madison Tennessee Battery, Battery F of the 1st Mississippi Artillery Regiment, and 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment, the Commissary Hill guns commanded a towering position overlooking'Fort Desperate and the Alabama-Arkansas-Redoubt. Though Union artillery fire disabled all five guns at one time or another and destroyed the

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commissary complex, the Commissary Hill guns laid down a deadly barrage on Union forces throughout the siege.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant day of the year for for this entry is May 27.
Location. 30° 41.174′ N, 91° 16.778′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from Highway 61. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 Highway 61, Jackson LA 70748, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lower Commissary Hill Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Steedman Headquarters (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flag of Truce (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Desperate (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Desperate Artillery (approx. ¼ mile away); Sharpshooter Tower (approx. ¼ mile away); Exterior Rifle Pit (approx. ¼ mile away); Subterranean Torpedoes (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Hudson.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Port Hudson State Historical Site.
Commissary Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
January 5, 2019
2. Commissary Hill Marker
Trail leading to Commissary Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
January 5, 2019
3. Trail leading to Commissary Hill Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 11, 2019.

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