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

Fort Wade

 
 
Fort Wade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
1. Fort Wade Marker
Inscription. On a shelf overlooking the charred ruins of Grand Gulf the Confederate engineers built Fort Wade. Guibor's and Wade's Missouri Batteries manned its four big guns. When Admiral David G. Farragut's squadron passed Grand Gulf on March 31, the guns of Fort Wade roared into action. General John S. Bowen, the Confederate commander at Grand Gulf had narrow escape when one of the 20-pounder Parrott's burst as he entered the emplacement.
On April 29, four of Admiral David D. Porter's "City Series" ironclads came down river, and took position one fourth of a mile from Fort Wade. A terrible artillery duel ensued. They were joined by the mighty "Lafayette". Fort Wade was smothered by the storm of shot and shell delivered by the five gunboats. Two 32-pounder rifles were dismounted and the parapet knocked to pieces. Colonel William Wade had his head torn off.
By 11 A. M. Fort Wade had been silenced and Porter's entire squadron concentrated its fire on Fort Cobun.
 
Erected by the Grand Gulf Military Monument Commission.
 
Location. 32° 1.918′ N, 91° 3.139′ W. Marker is in Grand Gulf, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker can be reached from Grand Gulf Road. Touch for map. Located at the Grand Gulf Military
Fort Wade Marker to left of the Fort Wade ammunition magazine (covered building). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
2. Fort Wade Marker to left of the Fort Wade ammunition magazine (covered building).
Park (Fee charged). 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. Fort Wade Ammunition Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Rifle Pits (within shouting distance of this marker); This XIII-inch Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker); Victories and Defeats - The Cost of War (within shouting distance of this marker); First Grand Gulf Naval Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Grand Gulf Naval Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Spanish House (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Wheel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Gulf.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Wade at Grand Gulf Military Monument (Explore Southern History). (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Fort Wiki on Fort Wade. (Submitted on June 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View of marker and former area of Fort Wade (this marker above near-middle marker). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
3. View of marker and former area of Fort Wade (this marker above near-middle marker).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 111 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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