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

Overwhelming Firepower

 
 
Overwhelming Firepower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Overwhelming Firepower Marker
Inscription. The Union siege of Vicksburg was 
successful because of places like this. 
At Battery De Golyer, the Union army 
concentrated its cannon. Confederates 
spread theirs out. When a Confederate
 cannon fired, many Union guns replied,
 knocking out the enemy gun.

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.

Straight Shot

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.
One of the few places in the park with a clear view of battlefield. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. One of the few places in the park with a clear view of battlefield.
From this position a battery of guns, including those from the 8th Michigan Artillery commanded by Capt. Samuel De Golyer, hammered the Confederate Great Redoubt directly ahead. At one time as many as 22 Federal artillery pieces were positioned here. Captain De Golyer was mortally wounded while directing the fire of this battery.
32° 21.27′ N, 90° 50.462′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Union Avenue 0.3 miles east of Pemberton Avenue, on the left when traveling north. 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.
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryWar, US Civil
 
View of some of the cannons at Battery De Golyer. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. View of some of the cannons at Battery De Golyer.
 
 
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 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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