Battle of Port Gibson
The Fight for Willow Creek
Gen. W. E. Baldwin's brigade reached Willow Creek about the time Gen. M. E. Green's troops were driven from Magnolia Church. Confederate Gen. J. S. Bowen had Baldwin form his troops in this undergrowth-filled bottom. Rebel cannoneers emplaced guns on the ridge to the east.
About noon May 1 Gen. J. A. McClernand's Union corps renewed its advance. As the Federals descended the ridge to the west, they were fired on by Confederates. McClernand sent a powerful battle line to drive the Rebels from this bottom.
Bowen ordered Col. F M. Cockrell to take the Confederate reserve (two Missouri regiments) and turn the Federal right. Cockrell's Missourians surprised and rolled up Col. J. R. Slack's brigade. Because of the canebrakes, much of the fighting took place at ranges of 20 yards or less. To stop this drive, Gen. A P Hovey massed 24 pieces of artillery. Though Cockrell was repulsed, Bowen was undaunted. He told Baldwin to attack. Baldwin's thrust was repulsed. Bowen had seized the initiative from the numerically superior Federals. The Confederates held their ground until 6 P.M, when word was received that the Yankees had defeated the
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 1, 1863.
Location. 31° 57.276′ N, 91° 0.71′ W. Marker is in Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is on Bessie Weathers Road, 0.3 miles west of Rodney 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Battle of Port Gibson (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Magnolia Church Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Magnolia Church and the Battle along the Rodney Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Idlewild (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Quandary of Freedom (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Shaifer Farmstead (approx. 1˝ miles away); Field Surgery on the Porch (approx. 1˝ miles away); At the Center of the Battle (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gibson.
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