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Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Briefly Breaching the Line

 
 
Briefly Breaching the Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
1. Briefly Breaching the Line Marker
Inscription. At daybreak on May 22, 1863, hundreds of Federal cannon opened fire. The second Union attempt to take Vicksburg began. Three miles of Confederate fortifications were bombarded for four hours. Then the Union guns fell silent. Troops charged forward. Here at Railroad Redoubt soldiers scrambled up the parapets and rushed through a breach in the fort wall.

Vicious hand-to-hand combat followed, as the Federals fought to hold the fort. But their success was short-lived. Confederate reinforcements arrived. The attackers were driven out. The Union assault failed here and all along the line that day. Measuring his losses and the Confederate's formidable defenses, Grant decided to take Vicksburg by siege, not by storm.

[Map caption]
Guarding the Railroad
Nine Confederate forts guarded Vicksburg. Connecting these strongholds was a nearly continuous series of trenches. Railroad Redoubt guarded the tracks of the Southern Railroad of Mississippi leading into the city.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 20.559′ N, 90° 51.408′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on
Briefly Breaching the Line Marker looking up to the Texas Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. Briefly Breaching the Line Marker looking up to the Texas Monument.
Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located just below the Texas Monument in the southern part of the park below I-20. Marker is in this post office area: Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C.S. Waul's Texas Legion; Army of Vicksburg (a few steps from this marker); Texas Johnston's Army (a few steps from this marker); Texas Waul's Legion (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S. Hudson's (Mississippi) Battery; (within shouting distance of this marker); Iowa (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); C.S. Alabama Battery (about 300 feet away); Iowa 21st Infantry (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Regarding Briefly Breaching the Line. Confederates built this work to protect the Southern Railroad of Mississippi. On the morning of May 22, 1863, Union troops assailed this stronghold and forced out the defenders. A detachment of Col. Thomas Waul's Texas Legion counterattacked and, in a savage hand-to-hand fight with bayonets, clubbed muskets, and artillery shells used as grenades drove out the Federals.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
View of the redoubt in right background with Texas Memorial on left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
3. View of the redoubt in right background with Texas Memorial on left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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