Near Champion Hill in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
A Narrow Escape
The next day, portions of both armies fought again west of Edwards along the Big Black River. There the Confederates defended the railroad bridge from behind earthworks, hoping to allow Loring's Division time to cross the Big Black. Overrun by Union troops who assaulted the position, however, the Confederates fled across the river and burned the bridge behind them. Pemberton's army had narrowly escaped into the defenses of Vicksburg.
"[With] The ingenious construction of this bridge, Major [Andrew] Hickenlooper, Chief Engineer of General McPherson's corps, has, during this brief but brilliant campaign, earned
This bridge is certainly the most easily constructed, and it is the most secure, of any impromptu bridge known. The buoyancy of a 500-pound bale of cotton is quite 400 pounds and serviceable for eight days."
Harper's Weekly, June 27, 1863.
Union troops rapidly replaced several bridges across the Big Black River Bridge for their advance on Vicksburg. Here are a cotton bale bridge and a pontoon bridge.
Cotton Bridge over the [Big] Black River (sketch by Theodore Davis).
Location. 32° 18.272′ N, 90° 33.687′ W. Marker is near Champion Hill, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on Adams Lane south of State Route 467, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in front of Cal-Maine Foods on the grounds of the Coker House. Marker is at or near this postal address: Adams Lane, Edwards MS 39066, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Death of General Tilghman (a few steps from this marker); Chicago Mercantile Battery - Artillery in the Yard (a few steps from this marker); A Refugee Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Architecture and Renovations The Vicksburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coker House and the Battle of Champion Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Lloyd Tilghman (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Champion Hill (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Champion Hill.
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • War, US Civil •
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