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

Naval Battle During Grantís Campaign

Grand Gulf Historic Tour

 
 
Naval Battle During Grantís Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
1. Naval Battle During Grantís Campaign Marker
Inscription. War returned in March, 1863. Fearful that Major General Grantís army might bypass Vicksburg, Lieutenant General J. C. Pemberton ordered Brigadier General John Bowen to move his troops to Grand Gulf. During the next several weeks, Bowenís troops built fortifications and mounted big guns. Rebuffed in his efforts to capture Vicksburg, Grant marched southward through Louisiana From Millikenís Bend. He planned to cross the Mississippi and take Grand Gulf, which would give the Federals a base for operations against Vicksburg to the south. To support the attack, Rear Admiral D.D. Porter ran several ironclads past the Vicksburg batteries on the night of April 16. On April 29 the Federals were ready to strike. Porterís ironclads opened fire on Forts Cobun and Wade. Porterís squadron consisted of the “Pittsburgh”, “Louisville”, “Carondelet”, “Mound City”, “Tuscumbia”, Lafayette”, and the flagship “Benton”. The bombardment lasted for five hours. The “Tuscumbia” was disabled and the guns in Fort Wade silenced. The big guns in Fort Cobun still roared defiance. Defeated in efforts to drive the Confederates back, Porter called off the attack. Under cover of darkness, the Federals bypassed Grand Gulf and crossed the Mississippi at Bruinsburg the next morning.
 
Location.
Naval Battle During Grantís Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
2. Naval Battle During Grantís Campaign Marker
32° 2.552′ N, 91° 3.097′ W. Marker is near Grand Gulf, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker is on Grand Gulf Road 1.8 miles north of Frazier Road when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker, along with several others, are located in a wooded area at the end of Grand Gulf Road. 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. Fort Cobun (within shouting distance of this marker); Whirlpool (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Hot Shot Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Point of Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); On to Vicksburg (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grand Gulf (approx. 0.7 miles away); Town of Grand Gulf (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Rifle Pits (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Gulf.
 
Also see . . .  The Battle of Grand Gulf. (Submitted on July 18, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Gen. John S. Bowen image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
3. Gen. John S. Bowen
Admiral David D. Porter image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
4. Admiral David D. Porter
USS Tuscumbia image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
5. USS Tuscumbia
USS Cincinnati image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. USS Cincinnati
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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