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Near Port Gibson in Claiborne County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Grant at Hankinson's Ferry

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
1. Grant at Hankinson's Ferry Marker
Inscription. After occupying Willow Springs on May 5. 1863,. Gen. U. S. Grant divided his force. The XVII Corps advanced on Hankinson s Ferry 5 miles north of here in two columns. Gen. M. M. Crocker's division driving up this road encountered a Confederate roadblock held by Col. F. M. Cockrell's Missourians on Kennison Creek. After a spirited clash in which Crocker was compelled to use 5,000 troops, the Rebels fell back. Covered by Cockrell's stand, the Confederate army had retired across the Big Black.

The 20th Ohio reached Hankinson's Ferry just as the Rebel engineers were preparing to destroy the flatboat-bridge. While Capt. S. De Golyer's Union guns roared, the Ohioans charged over the bridge, scattering the Confederates. Possession of the bridge enabled Grant to send patrols across the Big Black and up the Vicksburg road. Such thrusts helped confuse the Confederate leaders about Federal intentions.

The XVII Corps camped in these fields south of the river from May 3-7. From May 4-7, Grant's headquarters were at Hankinson's Ferry. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 32° 2.401′ N, 90° 53.493′ W. Marker is near Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Port Gibson Road and Old U.S. 61, on the left when
Grant at Hankinson's Ferry Marker on left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
2. Grant at Hankinson's Ferry Marker on left.
traveling north on Old Port Gibson Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Old Port Gibson Road, Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fight for Hankinson's Ferry (here, next to this marker); Skirmish at Willow Springs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grindstone Ford (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mangum Mound (was approx. 3.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Owens Creek (approx. 4.1 miles away); Site of the Hermitage (approx. 4.3 miles away); Federals Occupy Rocky Springs (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Town of Rocky Springs (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gibson.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Grant's Vicksburg Supply Line - The Civil War Trust. (Submitted on May 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Additional keywords. Big Black River
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Grant at Hankinson's Ferry Marker looking south on Old Port Gibson Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
3. Grant at Hankinson's Ferry Marker looking south on Old Port Gibson Road.
General U.S. Grant (left), Colonel Francis Cockrell, General M.M. Crocker & Captain Samuel DeGolyer image. Click for full size.
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4. General U.S. Grant (left), Colonel Francis Cockrell, General M.M. Crocker & Captain Samuel DeGolyer
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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