Champion Hill in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Site of the 3rd Battery, Ohio Light Artillery
Shock and Awe
Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, 3rd Division, 17th Corps
"Our part of the line seemed to monkey or maneuver all forenoon, and finally took position in an open cornfield, on a sloping, sandy hillside, where the burning rays of a Mississippi sun had a fair sweep at us. Here we lay down and spread out, and were lulled to sleep by the sweet songs of rebel bullets as they hummed like honeys bees through the air overhead...
"Presently a fine brass battery [8th Michigan, DeGolyer] came tearing into the field in our rear, with their six cannon, 12 wagons, and 48 fine horses, with the racket and animation of a city fire department turning out to a conflagration; unlimbered, wheeled into
"The cannonade was so low and close to us here that it was very uncomfortable, the passing shot and shell causing dizziness and vomiting to the men lying in line so close to the guns, also, the lead butts to the pointed percussion shell, to make them fit the rifles of the cannon, would fly off us soon as the shell left the muzzle of the gun, and often struck, melting hot, in our line, more to be dreaded then the shell itself.
"After a cannon has been used a while in active and close firing, it becomes sloppy from the condensation of powder, and this black, offensive slop, scalding hot, splattered on us, adding to n our discomfiture from our own guns.."
B. F. Boring 30th Illinois Infantry
Bottom left: Theodore Davis' sketch of Grant "in a hurry" with Rawlings and Wilson riding through a nearby cornfield, DeGolyer's 8th Michigan Battery and Confederate prisoners captured by Logan's Division.
St. Nicholas (children's magazine) 1889
Top right: Theodore Davis' sketch of the Union artillery shelling the Confederate forces located in the woods beyond an old rail fence
Location. 32° 20.559′ N, 90° 31.809′ W. Marker is in Champion Hill, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on Champion Hill Road 0.7 miles west of South Farr Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3518 Champion Hill Road, Edwards MS 39066, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Hill of Death (approx. 0.4 miles away); Champion House Site (approx. half a mile away); Bowen's Counterattack (approx. one mile away); The Battle of Champion Hill (approx. one mile away); Champion Hill Battlefield (approx. one mile away); A Narrow Escape (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Death of General Tilghman (approx. 3.2 miles away); Chicago Mercantile Battery - Artillery in the Yard (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Champion Hill.
More about this marker. Although marker is dated 2015, the markers were installed in January, 2016.
Markers are located at a small lay-by on north side of Champion Hill Road.
The markers, produced by the Champion Foundation, are situated on Champion property where the 3rd Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, was stationed during the final hours of the highly contested battle
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 27, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.