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Near Champion Hill in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bowen's Counterattack

 
 
Bowen's Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
1. Bowen's Counterattack Marker
Inscription. On the morning of May 16, 1863, Gen. Pemberton placed his three Confederate divisions along a two-mile front extending from the Raymond Road on the south to the Middle Road on the north - Loring on the right, Bowen in the center and Stevenson on the left. Gen. John Bowen, age 32, was Pemberton's youngest and newest division commander. By 1 p.m. Stevenson's division was being overrun, while Hovey's federals had taken the Crossroads. Pemberton ordered Bowen and Loring to move to support Stevenson. Loring did not respond. Cockrell's Missouri brigade moved to the Crossroads while Bowen rode with Green's Arkansas brigade and formed on Cockrell's right. At 2:30 p.m. Bowen's 5,000 men engaged the federals here and retook the guns of Waddell's Alabama Battery. He then made a magnificent charge on the federal artillery on the crest of Champion Hill, capturing 4 guns and pushing the federals back almost three-quarters of a mile. Bowen's counter- attack stalled when his men ran out of ammunition and encountered Crocker's federal division, supported by Hovey's artillery. Bowen's division retreated across Bakers Creek.
 
Erected 2017 by Champion Heritage Foundation.
 
Location. 32° 19.721′ N, 90° 31.794′ W.
Bowen's Counterattack Marker to right of two other markers. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. Bowen's Counterattack Marker to right of two other markers.
In the middle is a 1977 National Historic Landmark plaque for the Champion Hill Battlefield and to the far left is a 2013 marker about the Battle of Champion Hill.
Marker is near Champion Hill, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is at the intersection of Billy Fields Road and D J Johnson Road, on the left when traveling east on Billy Fields Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Billy Fields Road, Edwards MS 39066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Champion Hill Battlefield (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Champion Hill (a few steps from this marker); The Hill of Death (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of the 3rd Battery, Ohio Light Artillery (approx. one mile away); Champion House Site (approx. one mile away); A Narrow Escape (approx. 2 miles away); The Death of General Tilghman (approx. 2 miles away); Chicago Mercantile Battery - Artillery in the Yard (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Champion Hill.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Champion Hill website. (Submitted on October 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Photo of marker in background with Sid Champion V on right. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
3. Photo of marker in background with Sid Champion V on right.
Sid Champion the 5th, is the great-great-grandson of Sid and Matilda Champion, the original owners of the land the Battle of Champion Hill was fought on and descendants still own. I just happened to meet Sid V at the marker and he provided me with a wealth of information about the battle in the area and took me to the Hill of Death nearby. Thank you Sid!!
View of Bowen's Counterattack Marker looking towards D J Johnson Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
4. View of Bowen's Counterattack Marker looking towards D J Johnson Road.
Confederate General John Stevens Bowen image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
5. Confederate General John Stevens Bowen
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 94 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 24, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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