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Edwards in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Big Black River Bridge

 
 
Big Black River Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 11, 2015
1. Big Black River Bridge Marker
Inscription. After the defeat at Champion Hill, Confederate forces retreated to the Big Black River on the night of May 16, 1863. Here, Generals John Bowen and John Vaughn defended the east bank of the river and the bridge. On May 17, Federal forces under Gen. Michael Lawler routed the Confederates in a bayonet charge lasting only a few minutes. Many retreating soldiers drowned in the Big Black River. Confederate losses included 1,700 men captured and eighteen cannon abandoned.
 
Erected 2009 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 32° 20.614′ N, 90° 40.674′ W. Marker was in Edwards, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker was on Old U.S. 80 half a mile west of Smith Station Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 21080 Old U.S. 80, Edwards MS 39066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. St. Alban's Episcopal Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lloyd Tilghman (approx. 7 miles away); Champion House Site
Big Black River Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cleo Robertson, January 11, 2015
2. Big Black River Bridge Marker
West facing view, with the start of the lengthy multi-component bridge starting about 1/4-mile down Old U.S. 80 to the west.
(approx. 9.1 miles away); 1st and 3rd Mississippi Infantry Regiments (USA) (approx. 9.3 miles away); Ulysses S. Grant (approx. 9.4 miles away); Wexford Lodge (Shirley House) (approx. 9.6 miles away); Manning F. Force Monument (approx. 9.6 miles away); The Mine Explosion (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards.
 
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summaries: Big Black River Bridge. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. Wikipedia: Battle of Big Black River Bridge. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
3. History: Confederates defeated at the Battle of Big Black River. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
4. American Civil War: Big Black River Bridge. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
5. Civil War Album: Battle of Big Black River. Photo album. (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

6. Legends of America: Jackson to Vicksburg Civil War (Big Black River). (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
7. Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Part 3
Map of the Big Black River Bridge Battlefield image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Photo, 1940
3. Map of the Big Black River Bridge Battlefield
Map showing the positions of the U.S. troops and Confederate defenses on May 17, 1863. Published under the authority of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army in 1876.
. Chapter 36, Battle of Black River Bridge and Crossing the Big Black (Submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsMan-Made FeaturesWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Battle of the Big Black River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Harpers Weekly, June 20, 1863
4. Battle of the Big Black River Bridge
Attempting to hold the river crossing to get as many troops across as possible, Pemberton was again defeated by Grantís troops on the east bank of the Big Black River. The remaining Confederate forces fell back into the defenses at Vicksburg. (Source: http://mdah.state.ms.us/timeline/wp-content/uploads/PI-CW-B38.8-58-800x530.jpg)
Map of Tete-de-Pont and Battle of Big Black River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, Unknown
5. Map of Tete-de-Pont and Battle of Big Black River Bridge
Source: Civil War Album (http://www.civilwaralbum.com/vicksburg/bigblack_river_map.htm)
Marker has gone missing since June 2016. image. Click for full size.
© Google streetview
6. Marker has gone missing since June 2016.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 358 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 7, 2015, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   6. submitted on January 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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