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

Campaign, Siege, and Defense of Vicksburg: 1863.

Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi, May 1.

 
 
Campaign, Siege and Defense of Vicksburg: 1863. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
1. Campaign, Siege and Defense of Vicksburg: 1863. Marker
Inscription. The Union Army under command of Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant was composed of the 13th Corps and Logan's Division of the 17th Corps. The Confederate Army, under command of Brig. Gen. John S. Bowen, was composed of Tracy's, Cockrell's, Green's, and Baldwin's Brigades, the 6th Mississippi Infantry, the Botetourt (Virginia) Artillery, and a section of Hudson's (Mississippi) Battery. Most of the Confederate regiments made forced marches to reach the battlefield and arrived with thinned ranks. Tracy's Brigade held the right, Green's and the Sixth Mississippi the left of the Confederate line. The battle was opened at an early hour by the advance of Carr's and Hovey's Divisions on the right and Osterhaus' on the left of the Union line, Smith's Division in reserve. The Confederate left was driven back about 10 A.M. and Baldwin's Brigade, just arrived, formed a new line about one and one-half miles in rear of the first position. Two regiments, just arrived, of Cockrell's Brigade were posted on the new line: Green's Brigade and one regiment, just arrived, of Cockrell's Brigade, were ordered to the Confederate right which had retired a little from its first position. The First Brigade of Logan's Division was sent, on arrival, to the Union left, the Third reinforced the Union right and Smith's Division became engaged: the Second Brigade of Logan's Division
Marker and portion of Confederate grave markers within the Wintergreen Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
2. Marker and portion of Confederate grave markers within the Wintergreen Cemetery.
did not arrive until near the close of the battle. The Confederate line was held until 5:30 P.M. when both wings were driven from their positions and fell back across Bayou Pierre. The First and Fourth Missouri Infantry (Consolidated) of Cockrell's Brigade arriving in time to assist in covering the retreat. Casualties: Union: Killed 131, Wounded 719, Missing 25, Total 725. Brig. Gen. E.D. Tracy and three other officers killed.
 
Location. 31° 57.128′ N, 90° 58.838′ W. Marker is in Port Gibson, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is on Cemetery Drive east of East Greenwood Street when traveling east. Touch for map. Located within the Wintergreen Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cemetery Drive, Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. James Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bruinsburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Guthrie Home (approx. half a mile away); Temple Gemiluth Chassed (approx. half a mile away); Shreve House (approx. half a mile away); Englesing Home (approx. half a mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Gibson.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Entrance area and partial view of Wintergreen Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 26, 2017
3. Entrance area and partial view of Wintergreen Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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