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

Second Grand Gulf Naval Battle

Grand Gulf Historic Tour

 
 
Second Grand Gulf Naval Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
1. Second Grand Gulf Naval Battle Marker
Inscription. In April, 1863 Major General Ulysses Grant decide to alter his Vicksburg strategy by moving his troops down the Mississippi River. On April 29, 1863 the Federals launched a determined assault on Grand Gulf. The Confederates made a rigorous reply to the Union attack with their eight heavy field pieces. For six and a half hours the two forts were shelled by the gunboats. Realizing how capable the Confederate batteries were at withstanding the assault, the gunboats were signaled to withdraw. General Grant, who witnessed the encounter on board a tug in the Mississippi River, decided against trying to run the unarmed transports, loaded to the gunwales with men, past the Confederate batteries. Instead, Grant executed his alternate plan of disembarking his men and marching them down the Louisiana side of the river to Disheroon's Plantation, about three miles down the river.
 
Erected by the Grand Gulf Military Monument Commission.
 
Location. 32° 1.893′ N, 91° 3.139′ W. Marker is in Grand Gulf, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker can be reached from Grand Gulf Road 0.1 miles north of 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
Second Grand Gulf Naval Battle Marker (far right). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
2. Second Grand Gulf Naval Battle Marker (far right).
are within walking distance of this marker. First Grand Gulf Naval Battle (here, next to this marker); Victories and Defeats - The Cost of War (a few steps from this marker); This XIII-inch Mortar (a few steps from this marker); The Spanish House (a few steps from this marker); Fort Wade (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Wade Ammunition Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Rifle Pits (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Wheel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Gulf.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Battle of Grand Gulf. (Submitted on May 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View of marker from the Spanish House. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
3. View of marker from the Spanish House.
Grand Gulf Military State Park entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
4. 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.
 
 
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 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 30, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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