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

The Railroad Redoubt.

Confederate Position Tablet.

 
 
The Railroad Redoubt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
1. The Railroad Redoubt Marker
Inscription. This salient redoubt was occupied, May 22, 1863, by a detachment of the 30th Alabama. Supported by two companies, under Major O. Steele, of Waul’s Texas Legion. The entrenchment in rear was held by the 30th Alabama, reinforced during the day, by the 46th Alabama under command of Lieut. Col. E. W. Pettus, 20th Alabama - a large part of the 46th, including all its field officers, having been captured, May 16. In the battle of Champion's Hill. About 11 a. m. A detachment of the Union assaulting force reached the ditch of the redoubt and placed flags on its parapet: a small party entered this work at its salient angle. Where a breach had been made by the union artillery, captured a Lieut. and a few enlisted men. Held the redoubt a short time and then
retired to its ditch, after sustaining severe loss. This work was retaken about 5:30 p. m. By detachments of Capt. Bradley's and Lieut. Hogue's companies of Waul’s Texas Legion, led by Lieut. Col. E. W. Pettus, 20th Alabama; later in the evening. A Lieut. Col. and about 58 men were captured in the ditch. The casualties in the commands defending and recapturing the redoubt on that day cannot be accurately stated. After May 22, during the defense, this work was held by companies of the 46th Alabama. Counter-mines against the Union approach were prepared and one was fired the night of July
The Railroad Redoubt marker between 2 blue Union ones. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. The Railroad Redoubt marker between 2 blue Union ones.
2. This tablet marks the salient angle at which the assaulting party entered this redoubt on May 22. Casualties in 46th Alabama during the defense, killed 15, wounded 45, total 60.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 20.54′ N, 90° 51.353′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Confederate Avenue 0.2 miles from Union Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landram's Brigade; Assault, May 22, 1863. (here, next to this marker); Lawler's Brigade; Assault, May 22, 1863. (here, next to this marker); Illinois. 77th Infantry. (here, next to this marker); C.S. Alabama Battery (here, next to this marker); Iowa 21st Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Iowa (a few steps from this marker); Illinois. (a few steps from this marker); C.S. Hudson's (Mississippi) Battery; (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Regarding The Railroad Redoubt.. Confederates built this work to protect the "Southern Railroad of Mississippi." On the morning of May 22, 1863, Union troops assailed this stronghold and forced out the defenders. A detachment of Col. Thomas Waul's Texas Legion counterattacked and, in a savage hand-to-hand fight with bayonets, clubbed muskets, and artillery shells used as grenades drove out the Federals. Tour Stop #13
 
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service website about the Railroad Redoubt. (Submitted on November 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article about the Railroad Redoubt. (Submitted on November 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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