Vicksburg National Military Park in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Standing Guard at Jackson Road
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
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.