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

Standing Guard at Jackson Road

 
 
Standing Guard at Jackson Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Standing Guard at Jackson Road Marker
Inscription. You are on the historic Jackson Road, a critical link
 between Jackson and Vicksburg during the Civil War.
 To guard this key entrance to the city, Confederate
 forces built a major fort here: the Third Louisiana
 Redan. Look to your left at the end of the road—the 
high ground beyond is the old fort's wall.


On May 22, 1863, Union troops swarmed down
 Jackson Road from the east to attack the Third
 Louisiana Redan. An innocent-looking ridge today 
this once-massive structure posed a forbidding
 obstacle to Federal forces. The assault failed, and 
Grant's men withdrew to safety behind the ridge 
below the Shirley House (to your right).

Sharpshooter vs. Sharpshooter

 When the siege began, Union troops
 dug toward the Third Louisiana Redan.
 As the trench neared the fort, Confederate
 sharpshooters made life difficult for the
 Federal digging crews.



Lieutenant Henry Foster—known as
"Coonskin" for his raccoon fur cap—built
 a tower out of railroad ties facing the Third
 Louisiana Redan to protect his comrades.



Union sharpshooters concealed in
 Coonskin's Tower used a mirror to watch
 for Confederates
View of marker looking towards the Illinois Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. View of marker looking towards the Illinois Monument.
taking aim at Federal 
soldiers below. Without becoming targets 
themselves, Foster and friends beat their 
enemies to the trigger.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 21.566′ N, 90° 50.464′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Old Jackson Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located near the Shirley House and the Illinois Monument. 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. Manning F. Force Monument (a few steps from this marker); Wexford Lodge (Shirley House) (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Logan's Approach (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. 11th Battery, (about 600 feet away); U.S. Battery G, (about 600 feet away); The Mine Explosion (approx. 0.2 miles away); John E. Smith's Brigade; Assault, May 22, 1863. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Blasting Their Way (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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