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

Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt

Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt Marker image. Click for full size.
January 4, 2019
1. Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt Marker
"Owing to the ruggedness of the ground and felled timbers, the enemy could not preserve their lines intact and soon became a conglomerate mass. We waited their approach in silence. When within forty yards we were commanded to fire. A blaze of musketry flashed from our ramparts. The enemy was dazed and stunned by the suddenness of the blow and the fearful effect of our first volley. Over one-fifth of his number were upon the ground dead or wounded."
-Private Edward Y. McMorries,
Company G
1st Alabama Infantry Regiment

Scene of heavy fighting during the May 27 assault, the Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt originally consisted of a line of piled fence rails covered with dirt excavated from a shallow trench located along the edge of the ridge. This line was manned by men of the 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment. On May 30, 200 men from Miles'' Louisiana Legion relieved the Alabamians and began construction of the large earthworks.

The cannon platforms seen today were probably added during the Union occupation of Port Hudson for there is no evidence that Confederate troops placed cannons at this position.

Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt Marker image. Click for full size.
January 5, 2019
2. Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt Marker
Other units occupying the Alabama Arkansas Redoubt during the siege were the 18th and 3rd Arkansas regiments, the Claiborne (Mississippi) Light infantry company, and English's Mississippi Battery (no cannons; the men served as infantry).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 41.354′ N, 91° 16.942′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from State 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. Union Battery No. 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lower Commissary Hill Battery (approx. ¼ mile away); Steedman Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); Flag of Truce (approx. ¼ mile away); Major Bennett's Lunette (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Babcock (approx. ¼ mile away); Artillery Ridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Commissary Hill (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Hudson.
More about this marker. Located inside the Port Hudson State Historical site.
Also see . . .  Official Louisiana State site. (Submitted on January 13, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2019.
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