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

Defending Graveyard Road

 
 
Defending Old Graveyard Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. Defending Old Graveyard Road Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  You are standing next to Stockade Redan, one of nine large Confederate forts built to guard routes into Vicksburg. The massive outer wall of the redan, made of packed earth faced with logs, originally rose more than 14 feet high. A seven-foot deep ditch added more protection to the front of the wall.

On May 19 and 22, about 400 men held this ground against relentless cannon fire and waves of attackers. A 47-day siege followed. Starvation and disease did what the Union assaults could not. This fort and the 30,000-man army defending Vicksburg surrendered July 4, 1863.
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 22.217′ N, 90° 50.696′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Confederate Avenue and Graveyard Road, on the left when traveling south on Confederate Avenue. Touch for map. Confederate Avenue is currently closed to vehicles from Fort Hill to Graveyard Road due to road erosion. Marker is at or near this postal address: Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker at intersection of Confederate Avenue & Graveyard Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
2. Marker at intersection of Confederate Avenue & Graveyard Road.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. L.L. Mc Laurin (within shouting distance of this marker); U S Edward C Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Ewing's Approach. (within shouting distance of this marker); U☆S 1st Battalion 13th U.S. Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Louisiana 27th Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Leon Dawson Marks (within shouting distance of this marker); Maj. Alexander Yates (within shouting distance of this marker); U S Missouri 11th Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Regarding Defending Graveyard Road. A Redan (French) is a term related to fortifications. It is a work in a V-shaped salient angle towards an expected attack. It can be made from earthworks or other material.
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service Tour Stop # 10. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil
 
Aerial view of Stockade Redan image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service
3. Aerial view of Stockade Redan
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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