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

Melancthon Smith

 
 
Melancthon Smith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Melancthon Smith Marker
Inscription.
Lt. Col. 45th Ill. Inf.
Mortally wounded
in crater, June 25.

 
Erected 1916 by the U.S. Government.
 
Location. 32° 21.52′ N, 90° 50.652′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Old Jackson Road. Touch for map. Located atop the 3rd Louisiana Redan, tour stop 3. Marker is at or near this postal address: Old Jackson Road, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Affair of the Crater; June 25-26, 1863. (a few steps from this marker); Eugene Erwin (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Logan's Approach. (a few steps from this marker); C.S. Appeal (Arkansas) Battery; (a few steps from this marker); C S Missouri (a few steps from this marker); Third Louisiana Redan, On Left of Jackson Road.
View of the Melancthon Smith tablet with the redan in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. View of the Melancthon Smith tablet with the redan in background.
(a few steps from this marker); Pembroke S Senteny (a few steps from this marker); C.S. Appeal (Arkansas) Battery; (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Regarding Melancthon Smith. The cost of the tablet was paid by EC Crummer ($80), Mrs. Annie M. Chetlain (widow) ($100) and the monument cost $185. The sculptor was George T. Brewster.

At the siege of Vicksburg, about a month was spent in running a sap and digging a mine under Fort Hill. June 25, the mine having been charged, the match was applied. The Forty-fifth was selected as the storming party, when the breach should be made. Immediately after the explosion the Regiment rushed into the crater, but was met with a murderous fire by the enemy, who was still protected by an embankment of about three feet in width, which had been thrown
Melancthon Smith tablet is first one in middle. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
3. Melancthon Smith tablet is first one in middle.
up by the rebels as an inner line in case the outer works should be demolished. The loss to the Forty-fifth in this charge was 83 officers and men killed and wounded including the death of Lt. Colonel Melancthon Smith.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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