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

Assault on the Confederate Line of Defense, May 22.

Campaign, Siege, and Defense of Vicksburg; 1863.

 
 
Assault on the Confederate Line of Defense, May 22. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
1. Assault on the Confederate Line of Defense, May 22. Marker
Inscription. The Union Army, under command of Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant, was composed of the 13th, 15th, and 17th Corps. The Confederate Army, under command of Lieut. Gen. John C. Pemberton, was composed of Stevenson’s, Forney’s, Smith's and Bowen’s Divisions, and Waul's Texas Legion; Bowen’s Division and the legion, in reserve, were engaged. The two armies were in position on their respective lines as on May 19, except that Waul's Texas Legion had been assigned a position in rear of the left of Lee's Brigade on the left of Stevenson’s Division. After a heavy cannonade by every gun in position on the Union line, assaults were made at 10 a. m.; by the 15th Corps at the Stockade Redan on the Graveyard Road; by the 17th on the right and left of the Jackson Road; and by the 13th at the lunette on the Baldwin’s Ferry Road. The railroad redoubt and the curtain between that redoubt and Fort Garrott; Hall's Brigade of MacArthur’s Division, 17th Corps, advanced close to the Confederate line on the Warrenton Road but did not assault; the colors of the leading regiments were carried close to the Confederate works at every point assaulted. A brigade headquarters flag was placed on the parapet of the stockade redan, flags were placed on the parapet of the railroad redoubt and that work was temporarily occupied, but no permanent lodgment was anywhere made. Assaults
Assault on the Confederate Line of Defense, May 22. Marker along Grant Circle. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 25, 2017
2. Assault on the Confederate Line of Defense, May 22. Marker along Grant Circle.
were made in the afternoon: by the 17th Corps at the Curtain Ferry Road, at that lunette, at the Jackson Road, and at the curtain north of Glass’ Bayou; and by the 15th Corps at the curtain south of the Graveyard Road, at the stockade redan on that road, and at a point about one-third of a mile west of that redan; the colors of the leading regiments were again carried close to the Confederate line, another flag was placed on the parapet of the stockade redan, but the effort to carry the Confederate line of defense by assault was unsuccessful at every point. Casualties: Union; killed 502, wounded 2550, missing 147, total 3199, sixty eight officers killed or mortally wounded. Confederate; not fully reported.
 
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 22.624′ N, 90° 50.019′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Grant Circle west of Grant Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Grant Circle, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Siege Operations, May 23-July 4. (a few steps from this marker); Assault on the Confederate Line of Defense, May 19. (a few steps from this marker); Massachusetts Tribute to the 29th, 35th and 36th Regiments Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); U S Headquarters 16th Corps (Detachment) (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant’s Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Champion's Hill, Mississippi, May 16. (within shouting distance of this marker); Engagement at Jackson, Mississippi, May 14. (within shouting distance of this marker); Ulysses S. Grant (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service - Second Assault on the Vicksburg Defenses. (Submitted on November 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Last updated on November 30, 2017, by T. Patton of Jefferson, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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