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

A Formidable Obstacle

 
 
A Formidable Obstacle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
1. A Formidable Obstacle Marker
Inscription. The earthen slope in front of you marks the southern edge of Great Redoubt, the largest fort and highest point on the defensive line. Today's tour road follows the deep, dry moat that once fronted the wall of the fort and gave the Confederates extra protection against assault.

Forts Guard the Roads
The Great Redoubt and the Third Louisiana Redan were built to guard the Jackson Road. When direct Union assaults on these and other forts along the Confederate line failed, Grant switched to siege tactics to take the city.

Redoubt
A rectangular fort that protects the troops and artillery inside from attack from any direction.

Redan
A triangular fort that projects out in front of the defensive line, allowing soldiers inside to fire into the flanks of attacking troops.
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 21.4′ N, 90° 50.892′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is on Confederate Avenue 0.2 miles south of Pemberton Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Great Redoubt at Tour Stop #11. Marker
Marker and part of the redoubt with the Louisiana Monument in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
2. Marker and part of the redoubt with the Louisiana Monument in background.
is at or near this postal address: Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C S Headquarters Maury's-Forney's Division (a few steps from this marker); Mississippi 7th Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Brig. Gen. Lloyd Tilghman (within shouting distance of this marker); Lloyd Tilghman Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); US Capt. Robert Buchanan (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); C.S. Appeal (Arkansas) Battery; (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mississippi 38th Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Surrender Interview Site (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg National Military Park.
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service Tour Stop # 11. (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Part of the earthen slope of the redoubt. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 23, 2018
3. Part of the earthen slope of the redoubt.
 
 
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 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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