Magnolia Church and the Battle along the Rodney Road
After firing the nighttime opening shots of the Battle of Port Gibson, Confederate skirmishers retreated to the ridge behind you to join the battle line that General Green formed in the dark. A volley from this line stopped the advancing Union' soldiers, who fell back to the Shaifer house and waited uneasily until morning.
The Confederate line at Magnolia Church became the focus of the Union right flank's push toward Port Gibson. After this defensive line was overrun, Confederates established a second position where this road crosses Centers Creek. As on the northern half of the battlefield, the Confederates were eventually forced to retreat in the face of overwhelming odds.
Lower: After breaking the Confederate line behind Magnolia Church, a second defensive line where this road crosses a branch of Centers Creek, Union General Logan's Corps marched into Port Gibson on May 2.
Right: Soon after the war, the Baptist congregation of Magnolia Church moved to town, and the building and land reverted to the Shaifer family, who in turn sold it to an African American congregation for one dollar. (below)
Location. 31° 56.677′ N, 91° 1.864′ W. Marker is in Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is on Shaifer Road half a mile west of Bessie Weathers Road, on the left when traveling west. 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. Old Magnolia Church Site (here, next to this marker); Battle of Port Gibson (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Port Gibson (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Fight at Midnight (approx. 0.4 miles away); From This Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); Reconciliation and Reunions (approx. 0.4 miles away); Field Surgery on the Porch (approx. 0.4 miles away); At the Center of the Battle (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gibson.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.