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Near Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Running the Gauntlet

 
 
Running the Gauntlet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
1. Running the Gauntlet Marker
Inscription. Lookouts spotted Union vessels on the Mississippi River and sounded the alarm. Within minutes, the night sky blazed with the light of burning cotton bales and tar barrels. In forts like the one you are in, Confederate gunners knew just where to point their guns. One boat sank and all of the others were hit-but the Federal fleet would run the gauntlet.

Union transports were on their way to ferry the army across the river. This was a critical piece of General Ulysses Grant's plan to attack Vicksburg from the east. The problem—Confederate cannon along the city's bluffs. On April 16, 1863, the Union flotilla successfully floated past this point. After over a year of trying the Union army was about to cross the Mississippi River.
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 19.186′ N, 90° 53.839′ W. Marker is near Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Louisiana Circle west of Washington Street (Business U.S. 61), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Louisiana Circle is a detached park of the Vicksburg National Military Park and is subject to closing by the Park Service. Marker is at or near this postal address: Louisiana Circle, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The view of marker looking upriver on the Mississippi. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
2. The view of marker looking upriver on the Mississippi.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisiana Eighth Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Widow Blakely" (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S. Marks' Company, 22D Louisiana; (within shouting distance of this marker); Louisiana 22nd Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Gibraltar of the Confederacy (approx. half a mile away); U.S. Battery Benton. (approx. half a mile away); Vicksburg Siege (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mississippi (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Also see . . .  The Civil War Album - Photos of Louisiana Circle. (Submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View downriver of the Old Vicksburg Bridge with the I-20 bridge behind it. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
3. View downriver of the Old Vicksburg Bridge with the I-20 bridge behind it.
The Louisiana Circle pull-off sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
4. The Louisiana Circle pull-off sign.
Louisiana Circle is located on Washington Street and overlooks the Mississippi River approximately 1 mile north of Interstate 20. The batteries at Louisiana Circle and South Fort were the southernmost anchors of the Confederate defensive line, and the heavy guns located at these positions had commanding views of the Mississippi River and the Federal naval approaches from the south. Confederate defenders at these locations participated in duels with the Union fleet and land-based artillery.

During the siege the "Widow Blakely" was actually emplaced about one mile north of its present location at Louisiana Circle. It was named after its English manufacturer, "Blakely," and called "widow" due to the fact that it was the only Blakely cannon in the Vicksburg defenses. During the siege, a 10-inch Columbiad was positioned at the present-day Louisiana Circle.
"The Widow Blakely" cannon near the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
5. "The Widow Blakely" cannon near the marker.
Photo and map from marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
6. Photo and map from marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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