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Onward in Sharkey County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Hillís Plantation

Steeleís Bayou Expedition

 

ó Vicksburg Campaign ó

 
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By Tom Bosse, July 25, 2020
1. Hillís Plantation Marker
Inscription.  Rear Admiral David D. Porterís flotilla arrived here late in the afternoon of March 16, 1863, after working all day to clear overhanging branches and uproot huge cypress trees in the 3 ½ miles from Steeleís Bayou though Black Bayou to Deer Creek. The Union sailors disembarked and foraged the area for chickens, hams, eggs, butter, and quilts. That night Porter wrote Major General Ulysses S. Grant asking for 3,000 soldiers to prevent the enemy from “putting us in a pretty tight place,” in response to which Major General William T. Sherman was directed to shuttle his troops from Muddy Bayou – at Eagle Bend on the Mississippi River, to Hillís.

On the morning of March 17, as Shermanís men fortified the encampment at Hillís Porterís vessels steamed north on Deer Creek toward Rolling Fork where the fleet soon ran into trouble. At 3 a.m. on March 21, Sherman received a distress message from Porter, whose fleet was being attacked by Confederates just south of Rolling Fork. Sherman sent Colonel Biles Smith with 800 soldiers on a forced march up the east bank of Deer Creek to assist Porter. Late that night, using candles
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By Tom Bosse, July 25, 2020
2. Hillís Plantation Marker
in the darkness, Sherman guided the remainder of Giles Smithís brigade and the four regiments of Colonel T. K. Smithís brigade to Hillís from a point on Black Bayou 1 ½ miles west of here. At 8 a.m. on March 22, Sherman led these men on a march up Deer Creek to assist Porter and helped save the fleet.

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(top right) Major General William T. Sherman

(bottom left) It was here that Admiral Porter went to great lengths to maneuver his stern-wheeled boats to make a left turn from the narrow channel of Black Bayou into Deer Creek. This required very slow, tedious right and left pulling from the stern and bow, all the while the vessel is anchored to trees alternately from the left bank to the right bank so that the current would not move the boat downstream. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 32° 43.404′ N, 90° 57.018′ W. Marker is in Onward, Mississippi, in Sharkey County. Marker is on State Highway 1 0.7 miles west of U.S. 61, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rolling Fork MS 39159, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Hillís Plantation
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By Tom Bosse, July 25, 2020
3. Hillís Plantation Marker
(here, next to this marker); Teddy Roosevelt's Bear Hunt (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cary Mounds (approx. 5.6 miles away); a different marker also named Cary Mounds (approx. 5.6 miles away); Aden Mounds (approx. 8.9 miles away); Rolling Fork Mounds (approx. 12.7 miles away); Sharkey County Courthouse (approx. 13.4 miles away); What is a Shotgun Shack? (approx. 13Ĺ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Steele's Bayou expedition. (Submitted on August 11, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Admiral David D. Porter, U.S.N image. Click for full size.
4. Admiral David D. Porter, U.S.N
Gen. William T. Sherman, U.S.A. image. Click for full size.
5. Gen. William T. Sherman, U.S.A.
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6. Mississippi River Squadron
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 11, 2020, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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