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

A Stronghold on the Bluffs

 
 
A Stronghold on the Bluffs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 26, 2017
1. A Stronghold on the Bluffs Marker
Inscription. In mid-19th century America, rivers were highways. And the Mississippi was the greatest of them all—the nation's main artery for commerce leading all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. By early 1863, two Confederate strongholds still blocked Union shipping from a key section of the river: Port Hudson in Louisiana, and here at Vicksburg.

Vicksburg's river port and railroad hub were critical to the Confederacy. Vital supplies and troops arrived from the south and west, and then traveled to armies in the east via railroad. Powerful cannon on the bluffs commanded this important stretch of the Mississippi River.

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Safeguarding the River
You are standing at the highest point along the Vicksburg bluffs. During the Civil War this spot provided a perfect perch for Confederate gun to guard the Mississippi—and to prevent Union vessels from getting past.

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The waterway you see from here today is not the Mississippi— it's a diversion canal from the Yazoo River. During the Civil War, the Mississippi ran along the base of these bluffs. In 1876 the river suddenly changed course. It now fronts modern-day Vicksburg only at the city's southern edge.
 
Erected by National Park Service,
View of the Yazoo River and tributaries. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 26, 2017
2. View of the Yazoo River and tributaries.
Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 22.192′ N, 90° 52.173′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Confederate Avenue 0.1 miles east of Connecting Avenue. Touch for map. Located at Fort Hill Tour Stop # 9. Marker is at or near this postal address: Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore the Defenses (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee River Batteries (a few steps from this marker); Campaign, Siege and Defense of Vicksburg, 1863. (a few steps from this marker); C.S. Johnston's Company, (within shouting distance of this marker); C.S. Company B, (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi 14th Light Art. Battalion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); C.S. Company C, (about 400 feet away); Mississippi 6th Infantry (Detachment) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service Tour Stop 9. (Submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
A Stronghold on the Bluffs Marker looking over the bluff. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 26, 2017
3. A Stronghold on the Bluffs Marker looking over the bluff.
 
 
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 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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