"The attack was a huge bushwhack. The rebels availed themselves of the thickets, trees, fallen timber ridges, ravines and also of rifle pits and networks of earth and log construction at convenient points and being concealed and protected gave us a most destructive rifle fire retreating rapidly from point to point. At length we reached a ridge two hundred yards from their fortification and the enemy met us with a concentrated artillery and infantry fire."
Union Brigade Commander
Site of pre-siege Confederate campsites, Artillery Ridge became one of the Union staging areas for the May 27 assault. The ravines on the backside of the ridge served as a protected area for Union campsites while the ridge served as an excellent position for three Union siege batteries. The trail leading from the "D" intersection to the creek bottom is the approach that Union forces used to attack the Confederate works on the morning of May 27.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 41.573′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Battery No. 5 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Babcock (about 600 feet away); Union Battery No. 4 (about 700 feet away); Union Battery No. 3 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Battery No. 6 (approx. ¼ mile away); Flag of Truce (approx. 0.3 miles away); Field Artillery Limber (approx. 0.4 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 Historic Site.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2019.