Port Gibson in Claiborne County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Port Gibson
A.K. Shaifer House
Confederate Gen. Martin E. Green on the afternoon of April 30, 1863, posted his brigade near Magnolia Church, with an outpost here. Shortly after midnight. Green rode forward to check on his pickets. Reaching this point, the general found Mrs. A. K. Shaifer and the ladies of the house frantically piling their household effects on a wagon. Green assured the women that there was no need to hurry, since the Yankees couldn't possibly arrive before daybreak. Hardly had Green spoken before there was a crash of musketry -- the pickets had exchanged shots with the Union vanguard,' soldiers of the 21st Iowa. The women leaped into the wagon and headed for Port Gibson, while Gen. Green returned to Magnolia Church to alert his troops. The Confederate pickets fell back before the Federal advance. During the Battle of Port Gibson, the Shaifer house served as Gen. John A. McClernand's GHQ and a Union hospital.
Location. 31° 56.857′ N, 91° 2.167′ W. Marker is in Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is on Shaifer Road 1½ miles west of Bessie Weathers Road Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Fight at Midnight (here, next to this marker); From This Site (a few steps from this marker); Reconciliation and Reunions (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Surgery on the Porch (within shouting distance of this marker); At the Center of the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Quandary of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); The Shaifer Farmstead (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Magnolia Church and the Battle along the Rodney Road (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gibson.
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