Major Bennett's Lunette
"Another (solid shot) struck a tree about thirty feet from the ground, cutting it completely off at a point eight inches in diameter the top as it fell killing one horse and crushing a caisson of the First Maine Battery, a little in front of the line."
Adjutant, 53rd Massachusetts Infantry
During the summer of 1863, this quiet ridgeline buzzed with deadly musket-fired miniè balls and the shrieking and exploding sounds of Yankee and Rebel cannon fire during the Port Hudson military campaign of Union General Nathaniel P. Banks' Nineteenth Army Corps and Confederate General Franklin K. Gardner's Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana Port Hudson garrison.
Here within these small earthwork fortresses, during the 48-day siege, Lieutenant Asa W. Harman commanded a detachment of Company A artillerymen from the 1st Alabama Infantry at this lunette. These gun toting riflemen crewed a 24-pound 5.82 inch rifled gun. Lieutenant Harman's well-aimed shots and shells troubled the Union infantry and artillerymen facing this position and also disabled two of the 1st U.S. Artillery's
Location. 30° 41.302′ N, 91° 17.177′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker is on U.S. 61. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 Highway 61, Jackson LA 70748, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bennett's House and Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slaughter Pen (about 800 feet away); Bennett's Redoubt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alabama-Arkansas Redoubt (approx. ¼ mile away); Mississippi Redoubt (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Battery No. 3 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Battery No. 4 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Battery No. 5 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Hudson.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Port Hudson State Historical site.
Also see . . . Official Port Hudson State of Louisiana site. (Submitted on January 12, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2019.