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

Whirlpool

 
 
Whirlpool Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
1. Whirlpool Marker
Inscription. Grand Gulf was named for the large whirlpool or gulf formed by the current of the Mississippi River being diverted to the left by the rocky headland called Point of Rock. At the time of the Civil War, the Big Black discharged into the Mississippi at the head of the gulf.

During the battle of Grand Gulf, the three Union ironclads which first attacked Fort Cobun were buffeted by the powerful currents. The “Tuscumbia” was turned round and round. When the “Bentonís” wheel was damaged by a Confederate shell, she spun around as she dropped down river. After Fort Wade was silenced, the “Louisville”, “Carondelet” and “Mound City” moved against Fort Cobun. These ironclads steamed in a circle blasting Fort Cobun at distances of from 500 to 600 yards.

The river has now retreated and the gulf is covered with trees.
 
Location. 32° 2.556′ N, 91° 3.113′ 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
USS Louisville image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
2. USS Louisville
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Cobun (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. 0.6 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. Forts, CastlesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Whirlpool Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
3. Whirlpool Marker
Whirlpool Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2017
4. Whirlpool Marker
Marker is on the left.
USS Benton image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
5. USS Benton
USS Tuscumbia image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse
6. USS Tuscumbia
 
 
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 93 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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