Near Champion Hill in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Chicago Mercantile Battery - Artillery in the Yard
One of the two Union artillery units in the Coker House yard was the Chicago Mercantile Battery, an elite unit sponsored by Chicago businessmen. Among the members, six received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the second assault on Vicksburg on May 22, six days after the Battle of Champion Hill.
"I took four guns up the road... We passed the line of infantry, who were lying down on either side of the road and went into battery on the left in front of a planter's [Coker's] house, which set back from the road about 300 feet. On the next ridge, which was 330 yards from us, the rebel batteries and infantry were posted. Their batteries were plowing the ground around us. We unlimbered and ran the guns by hand nearly to the top of the ridge so as to not expose the horses."
Capt. Pat White, Chicago Mercantile Battery
The Chicago Mercantile Battery was organized in August 1862, and most recruits were "well-born, well-bred, well-educatėd... Some
Mary Livermore, from Chicago's Battery Boys
by Richard Brady Williams
Bottom middle: Typical 3-inch ordnance crew and a six-pounder field cannon, both of which had been supplied by the Chicago Mercantile Battery sponsors.
Bottom right: Flag of Company G, 1st Mississippi Light Artillery which engaged the Chicago Mercantile Battery.
Location. 32° 18.261′ N, 90° 33.692′ 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); A Narrow Escape (a few steps from this marker); A Refugee Family (a few steps from this marker); Architecture and Renovations (within shouting distance of this marker); The Vicksburg Campaign 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. • 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 115 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.