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

Skirmish at Willow Springs

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
1. Skirmish at Willow Springs Marker
Inscription. When Union Gen. J. B. McPherson's XVII Corps reached Grindstone Ford, 2 miles south of here at dusk on May 2, 1863, the troops found the bridge across Big Bayou Pierre burning. Col. J. H. Wilson and a detachment put out the fire. During the night the Federals repaired the bridge.

Col. A. E. Reynolds' Mississippians reached Willow Springs during the night, took position on the bluffs overlooking the bottom, and waited for the Yankees to cross the river. Gen. J. A. Logan's division spearheaded the Union advance on May 3. Confederate artillery opened as the bluecoats scaled the escarpment, forcing Logan to halt and deploy. Seeing he was terribly outnumbered Reynolds pulled back and set up a roadblock at Ingraham's plantation ½ mile northeast of here, where he was reinforced. Pushing on, the Federals, after a spirited clash, drove the Rebels from Ingraham's and back toward Hankinson's Ferry.

While Gen. U.S. Grant regrouped his army and waited for Gen. W. T. Sherman's arrival, troops of McClernand's XIII Corps camped here from May 3 to 7. Union foragers visited the neighboring plantation, seizing food and supplies. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 32° 2.19′ N, 90° 53.76′ W. Marker is in Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County
Skirmish at Willow Springs Marker at the Willow Springs crossroads. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
2. Skirmish at Willow Springs Marker at the Willow Springs crossroads.
. Marker is at the intersection of Old Port Gibson Road and Willow Road, on the right when 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 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grant at Hankinson's Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grindstone Ford (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mangum Mound (was approx. 3.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Site of the Hermitage (approx. 3.9 miles away); Owens Creek (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sunken Trace (was approx. 5.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Federals Occupy Rocky Springs (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gibson.
 
More about this marker. The marker, originally placed at this Willow Springs Crossroads in the early 1960s, disappeared around 1999; was found under the porch of a rental house in 2009, and was rededicated by the Port Gibson Heritage Trust. Most likely the reason for the condition of this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Grant's March - Willow Springs Historic Marker Rededication, August 27, 2009. (Submitted on May 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil
 
General's U.S. Grant, John A. McClernand, John A Logan, J.B. McPherson & Colonel Reynolds image. Click for full size.
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3. General's U.S. Grant, John A. McClernand, John A Logan, J.B. McPherson & Colonel Reynolds
 
 
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 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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