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Port Hudson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Exterior Rifle Pit

 
 
Exterior Rifle Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
July 30, 2016
1. Exterior Rifle Pit Marker
Inscription.
"I had a small flanking pit constructed on the outside or rather under my works, and on the left thereof, and from which I continued a deadly fire until he [the enemy] left the ditch. This pit was subterranean and could not be seen from the outside, and could not be taken by the enemy unless he should first take my entire ditches or rifle pits."
Colonel Benjamin W. Johnson
15th Arkansas Infantry Regiment
Commander of Fort Desperate


One of the tactics used to keep Union attackers from gaining entrance to Fort Desperate was the construction of an exterior rifle pit. Confederate riflemen could fire from this pit on any Union soldier attempting to scale Fort Desperate's parapet wall.
 
Location. 30° 41.295′ N, 91° 16.57′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from U.S. 61 one mile north of Plains/Port hudson Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located about 1 mile along the trail to Fort Desperate, part of a 6-mile walking trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 U.S Hwy 61, Jackson LA 70748, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Tunnel (here, next to this marker); Union Sap
Exterior Rifle Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
July 30, 2016
2. Exterior Rifle Pit Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Union Trench (a few steps from this marker); Sharpshooter Tower (a few steps from this marker); Fort Desperate Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Desperate (within shouting distance of this marker); Subterranean Torpedoes (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Batteries 7 and 8 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Hudson.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Entrance to Port Hudson Site image. Click for full size.
July 30, 2016
3. Entrance to Port Hudson Site
Located on US Highway 61
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2016. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 25, 2016.   3. submitted on December 26, 2016.
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