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

Bennett's House and Battery

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January 5, 2019
1. Bennett's House and Battery Marker
"Two pieces of siege artillery were removed during Tuesday (May 26 1863) night from the heavy batteries on the river and mounted on this line---one rifled 24 pounder, under command of Lieutenant Sanford, Company A, First regiment Alabama volunteers, on the Commissary Hill, and another rifled 24-pounder, under Lieutenant Harman, Company A, First regiment Alabama volunteers at Bennett''s house."
Colonel Marshall J. Smith,
Heavy Artillery Commander
Port Hudson Garrison

The house that was originally located on this site was the residence of the Stephen Ambrose family. They farmed a one hundred and six acre cotton plantation before and after the war.

During the Confederate occupation of Port Hudson, Major William K. Bennett of the Quartermasters Corps occupied the house before and during the siege. He was in charge of the commissary department for the garrison. He escaped after the surrender, bringing Southern authorities their first official information of the fall of Port Hudson.

The Confederates transferred a 24-pounder rifled cannon to this site from River Battery No. 1 to

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oppose the concentration of enemy cannons on Artillery Ridge. The troops in this area helped to repulse the Union attack on the Slaughter Pen on the night of June 11, 1863.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 11, 1863.
Location. 30° 41.338′ N, 91° 17.209′ 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. Major Bennett's Lunette (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slaughter Pen (about 500 feet away); Bennett's Redoubt (about 500 feet away); Mississippi Redoubt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Battery No. 3 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Battery No. 4 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Battery No. 5 (approx. 0.3 miles 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.
Bennett''s House and Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
January 5, 2019
2. Bennett''s House and Battery Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2019.

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