Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Watching the Approach
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 22, 1863.
Location. 32° 22.313′ N, 90° 51.039′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Confederate Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Thayer's Approach. (here, next to this marker); U S Missouri 12th Infantry (here, next to this marker); William W. Martin (here, next to this marker); Iowa 26th Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Small Work on Left of Shoup's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); C S Missouri Third Battery Louisiana 26th Infantry (about 400 feet away); Capt. Louis Guion (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
Regarding Watching the Approach. The Union soldiers at the lower point were commanded by Brigadier General John M. Thayer, and had taken part in the unsuccessful assaults on 19 May and 22 May. During those attacks, Thayer's men advanced up the hill only to be driven back by Confederates positioned at the top. After the second repulse, the Federals began digging a six-foot-deep approach trench. To prevent Thayer's men from exposure to Confederate fire, a short tunnel was excavated through the ridgeline protecting the Union forces. Once the Federals broke through the ridge, under cover of darkness, they were able to begin digging the approach trench toward the Southern position.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.