Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Confederate General Pemberton moved his artillery back. Without the threat of enemy shells, Union troops dug toward Confederate lines. Battery De Golyer continued to pound Confederate fortifications and troops. After 47 days, weakened Confederates were forced to surrender.
This is one of the few spots today with a clear view of the enemy's defenses. During the siege this was true across the entire battlefield. Why? Long before the war, settlers had cleared the heavily wooded land in this area for farming. Later Confederate forces cut down any remaining trees to build fortifications and eliminate cover for approaching enemy troops.
Since the Civil War, forests have grown up, blocking most of the views between the Confederate and Union positions.
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. Touch for map. Located at Tour Stop 1 - Battery De Golyer. Marker is at or near this postal address: Union Avenue, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. 3D Battery, (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. 3rd Div. 17th Corps Army of the Tennessee (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Yost's Independent Ohio Battery; (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Battery L. (about 400 feet away); U.S. 6th Battery, (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Surrender Interview Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); The End In Sight (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S. Logan's Approach (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
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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 112 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.