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

Blasting Their Way

 
 
Blasting Their Way Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Blasting Their Way Marker
Inscription. Direct assaults on the Confederate fortifications on
 May 19 and 22 ended in heavy Union losses. With
 Vicksburg's defenses holding strong. Grant changed
 tactics and ordered a formal siege. Here, at Third
 Louisiana Redan, all phases of siege warfare were
 brought to bear on the earthen fort in front of you.

Federal troops labored 24 hours a day in the brutal 
heat of the Mississippi summer to dig deep trenches 
along Jackson Road from the Shirley House toward
 this position. The 45th Illinois Infantry then
 burrowed under the point of the redan and filled
 the mine with over 2,200 pounds of black powder.

Every man in the investing line become
 an army engineer day and night...
Entrenchments, rifle pits, and dirt caves
 were made in every conceivable direction.
Union Soldier

Into the Breach

On June 25th an explosion blew a huge hole in the 
walls of the fort. Union troops charged into the crater. 
A second wall stopped the soldiers in their tracks.
For 26 hours a fierce battle raged. The Confederates
 held fast and forced the Union troops to withdraw.
 Vicksburg's defenses held.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 21.523′ N, 90° 50.633′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Touch for map. Located at the Third Louisiana
The redan can be seen in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. The redan can be seen in background.
A redan is an arrow-shaped embankment forming part of a fortification.
Redan Tour Stop 3, just west of the Illinois Monument, off Union Avenue. 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. John E. Smith's Brigade; Assault, May 22, 1863. (a few steps from this marker); The Mine Explosion (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Logan's Approach. (a few steps from this marker); Affair of the Crater; June 25-26, 1863. (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S. Alabama Battery; (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Louisiana Redan, On Left of Jackson Road. (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S. Appeal (Arkansas) Battery; (within shouting distance of this marker); The End In Sight (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Regarding Blasting Their Way. A redan is an arrow-shaped embankment forming part of a fortification. Here was one of the major Confederate fortifications guarding the Jackson Road approach to Vicksburg. Concluding that the fort was impregnable to direct assault, General Grant ordered his troops to dig mines under the work and blow it up. The first mine was detonated on June 25; the second on July 1. Neither succeeded in breaking the Confederate line.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
View east, towards marker, below the redan. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. View east, towards marker, below the redan.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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