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

Boomer's Brigade: Assault, May 22, 1863.

Second Position

 

—Union Position Tablet —

 
Boomer's Brigade: Assault, May 22, 1863. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
1. Boomer's Brigade: Assault, May 22, 1863. Marker
Inscription. This brigade moved from its first position, on the left of 
Stevenson's brigade of Logan's division, about 3 p.m., reported
 to Gen. Carr about 4 p.m. and was ordered to assault the Confederate
 curtain between the lunette on the Baldwin's Ferry Road and
 the railroad redoubt. The brigade was formed, in two lines with 
intervals of about 50 yards, behind the crest of the ridge about
 400 yards in front of the Confederate curtain, in the following 
order: the 5th Iowa on the right, in front, with the 26th Missouri in
 its rear; the 93D Illinois on the left, in front, with the 10th Iowa
 in its rear. When the formation was completed, the brigade
advanced, at common time, passed the first ridge and halted, near
 the crest of the second, to correct its alignment for the final
 assault on the Confederate curtain—the 5th Iowa being moved by 
the left flank to the rear and partly to the left of the 93D Illinois and 10th Iowa. Immediately thereafter the brigade commander
 Col. George B. Boomer, 26th Missouri was instantly killed by a musket
 ball and the final assault was not made. Col. Holden Putnam, 93D
Illinois assumed command, and, under orders from Gen. Carr, the brigade 
remained in position until after dark and then retired to the
Marker near the Anshe Chesed Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. Marker near the Anshe Chesed Cemetery.

position where it was first formed for the afternoon assault—returning, next day, to its position on the investment line of the
 17th Corps. This tablet marks the place where Col. Boomer was 
killed. Casualties in second position: 93D Illinois, killed 4. wounded
 51, total 55; 5th Iowa, killed 2, wounded 16. total 18; 10th Iowa, wounded
 12; 26th Missouri, killed 5, wounded 5, total 10, Col. George B. Boomer
 killed; aggregate, killed 11, wounded 84, total 95.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 20.637′ N, 90° 51.205′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Clay Avenue 0.2 miles west of Union Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located next to the Anshe Chesed Cemetery. Respect the signage. Marker is at or near this postal address: Clay 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. 1st Battery, (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. 1st Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery; (about 600 feet away); Indiana 8th Infantry (about 600 feet away); U.S. Carr's Approach (about 600 feet away); Ohio Seventeenth Battery (about 700 feet away); Indiana 1st Battery Light Artillery (about 700 feet away); Ohio Ninety Sixth Infantry, (about 800 feet away); Temple Anshe Chesed Cemetery (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
More about this marker. Although appearing to be outside park property, this marker is actually within its boundaries.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on George B. Boomer. (Submitted on November 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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