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Grand Gulf in Claiborne County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

War Comes to Grand Gulf

Grand Gulf Historic Tour

 
 
War Comes to Grand Gulf Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
1. War Comes to Grand Gulf Marker
Inscription. No town in Mississippi felt the sting of the Civil War worse than did Grand Gulf. In the spring of 1862, Commodore David Farragut sent his powerful ocean-going squadron up the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge and Natchez fell, but Vicksburg refused to surrender. As long as Vicksburg was held by the Confederates. Union control of the Mississippi was blocked. To harass the Union warships and transports, Major General Mansfield Lovell ordered Confederate field artillery and supporting infantry to Grand Gulf. On May 26 the Brookhaven Artillery commanded by Captain James Hoskins fired on Union transports. In reprisal, several of Farragut's warships shelled Grand Gulf. For four weeks, there were frequent engagements between the Confederate field artillery and the warships. On June 9 and 10 heavy attacks were made on the town. A landing party was put ashore and Grand Gulf was partially burned. Undaunted, the Confederates continued their attacks on Union shipping. The Union army sent a strong column led by Colonel Halbert Paine to land on Bayou Pierre. After occupying Grand Gulf, Paine's troops put the torch to the few remaining buildings. Late in July, Farragut's fleet withdrew from the Vicksburg area.
 
Erected by the Grand Gulf Military Monument Commission.
 
Location.
War Comes to Grand Gulf Marker (right side) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
2. War Comes to Grand Gulf Marker (right side)
32° 1.799′ N, 91° 3.19′ W. Marker is in Grand Gulf, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Grand Gulf Road and River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12006 Grand Gulf Road, Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Buildup for War (here, next to this marker); Grand Gulf Military Park (here, next to this marker); Scotia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Supporting Battery (about 300 feet away); Confederate Memorial Chapel (about 300 feet away); Rodney Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Rodney Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (about 300 feet away); Water Wheel (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Gulf.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tour Grand Gulf Military Park. (Submitted on May 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on the Battle of Grand Gulf. (Submitted on May 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
Grand Gulf Military State Park entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
3. Grand Gulf Military State Park entrance.
The water you can see is the overflow flood waters from the Mississippi River. The normal river flow is nearly a half mile from here. The road leading to Fort Cobun was also flooded.
The Grand Gulf Military Park museum. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
4. The Grand Gulf Military Park museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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