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

Fort Cobun

 
 
Fort Cobun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
1. Fort Cobun Marker
Inscription. On a ledge 40 feet above the Mississippi, the Confederates in March, 1863 , laid out Fort Cobun. Protected by a parapet nearly 40 feet thick were four big guns manned by Company A, 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery. The guns of Fort Cobun under command of Captain John B. Grayson fired their first hostile shots on March 31 at Admiral David G. Farragutís squadron as it passed down river. On April 29, seven of Admiral David D. Porterís gunboats attacked the Grand Gulf fortifications. For more than five hours, the Union ironclads and the guns of Fort Cobun dueled. The Confederate artillerists disabled the “Tuscumbia”. Unable to knock out the Confederate guns, the Union gunboats broke off the bombardment.

Following the occupation of Grand Gulf, Admiral Porter said, “Grand Gulf is the strongest place on the Mississippi.”
 
Location. 32° 2.562′ N, 91° 3.107′ W. Marker is near Grand Gulf, Mississippi, in Claiborne County. Marker can be reached from 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
Fort Cobun - Confederate Rifle Pits image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
2. Fort Cobun - Confederate Rifle Pits
of this marker. Whirlpool (a few steps from this marker); Naval Battle During Grantís Campaign (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. 0.7 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 . . .  Fort Cobun at Grand Gulf Military Monument. (Submitted on July 18, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Fort Cobun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
3. Fort Cobun Marker
The Battle of Grand Gulf image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
4. The Battle of Grand Gulf
Fort Cobun - Confederate Rifle Pits image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
5. Fort Cobun - Confederate Rifle Pits
Shortly after the Union ironclads opened fire on April 29, 1863, the 12th Arkansas Sharpshooter Battalion moved up from the reserve and occupied these rifle pits.
Captain John B. Grayson image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. Captain John B. Grayson
 
 
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 109 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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