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

The Union Fleet

Steele's Bayou Expedition

 

—Vicksburg Campaign —

 
The Union Fleet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. The Union Fleet Marker
Inscription. On March 13, 1863, Union Rear Admiral David D. Porter commanded a squadron of five "City Series" ironclads and ram General Sterling Price on a bold expedition to find a route into the Yazoo River above the Confederate fortifications north of Vicksburg. Porter's tortuous route led seven miles up the Yazoo River from the Mississippi and entered the mouth of Steele's Bayou at Johnson's plantation. The fleet continued northward to Black Bayou, where the vessels turned eastward to the confluence of Black Bayou and Deer Creek at Hill's plantation. The boats then slowly churned north on Deer Creek toward its confluence with Rolling Fork Creek, which led to the Big Sunflower River. The route then led southeast to the Yazoo River at a point upriver from the Confederate fortifications above Vicksburg.

[Photo captions]
Top right: Mortar boats were un-powered barges especially constructed to withstand the enormous weight and shock of firing a 13-inch mortar.

Middle right: Tugs were small, shallow-draft, highly maneuverable stern-wheel steamboats with a strengthened hull designed to assist larger vessels in confined waters. Often tugs were armed with a howitzer in order to look like a warship and not just an auxiliary vessel.

Bottom right: The General Price was a conventional river boat converted
The Union Fleet Marker looking south towards Union Avenue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. The Union Fleet Marker looking south towards Union Avenue.
into a ram a boat designed to sink others by ramming them.

Large photo: The flotilla consisted of ironclads: Carondelet, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Mound City, and Louisville, accompanied by four tugs that towed mortar scows and coal barges.

 
Location. 32° 22.536′ N, 90° 52.041′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Union Avenue. Touch for map. Located near the entrance to the Cairo Museum parking lot. 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. The Last of it Kind (a few steps from this marker); Final Resting Place, With Dignity (within shouting distance of this marker); Seven Ironclads in 100 Days (within shouting distance of this marker); Plenty of Firepower - Armor Plated (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedoed & Sunk (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sinking of Cairo (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Cairo (within shouting distance of this marker); A Crew of Immigrants (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Seven Sisters "City Class" Ironclads (pdf)
Nearby marker showing the "Seven Sisters" City Class Union Ironclads. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. Nearby marker showing the "Seven Sisters" City Class Union Ironclads.
. Copy of poster shown in photo 3. (Submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 

2. Wikipedia article on Steele's Bayou Expedition. (Submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
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 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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