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

Bombardment of Confederate Fortifications by Federal Gunboats

Fort Gibson Historic Tour

 
 
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By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
1. Bombardment of Confederate Fortifications by Federal Gunboat Marker
Inscription. The river on April 29, 1863, was at flood stage and falling. It was overflowing its banks from the bluffs on the east to high ground beyond the flood pain to the west. The river bend upstream just above the "Point of Rocks" force the current of the main channel to this side and to the bluffs on which the Confederate Forts of Coburn and Wade were located. Rear Admiral Porter deployed his fleet of seven gunboats along a line about in this area in very strong currents and counter currents. Firing began at seven o'clock a.m. and lasted continuously for about five and one-half hours. Fort Wade, slightly to the right on the bluff above, was knocked out. Fort Coburn, upstream to the left of the "Point of Rocks", was never silenced. Several boats were estimated to be damaged and one disabled.

Porter communicated with General Grant who remained with his army on transports a short distance above Grand Gulf. He decided to land his troops across on the Louisiana side and march south across Coffee Point to Disharoon's Plantation, a point below the Confederate fortifications.

At eight o'clock p.m. under cover of darkness, the gunboats and empty transports slipped safety by and tied up about four miles below Grand Gulf where they met Grant's troops and transported them to Bruinsburg, Miss. Here they were disembarked and started
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By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
2. Bombardment of Confederate Fortifications by Federal Gunboat Marker
their "March to Port Gibson" and eventually to surround Vicksburg.
 
Location. 32° 1.817′ N, 91° 3.251′ W. Marker is near Grand Gulf, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is on Grand Gulf Road one mile north of Frazier Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located across from Grand Gulf Military State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Port Gibson MS 39150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Paddle Wheel of the Confederate Transport Charm (here, next to this marker); Grand Gulf Military Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Buildup for War (about 300 feet away); War Comes to Grand Gulf (about 300 feet away); Supporting Battery (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Supporting Battery (about 400 feet away); Scotia (about 500 feet away); Water Wheel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Gulf.
 
Also see . . .  Grand Gulf Military Park. (Submitted on July 17, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle of Grand Gulf image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. Battle of Grand Gulf
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By Tom Bosse
4. Battle of Grand Gulf
Read Admiral David D. Porter image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
5. Read Admiral David D. Porter
Grant's Vicksburg Campaign image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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