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Delta in Madison Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Grant's Canal

 
 
Grant's Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
1. Grant's Canal Marker
Inscription. This canal was the third attempt by the Union armies to route gunboats around Vicksburg. Excavation was begun in January 1863, by order of General Grant with two regiments and 1,200 Negro laborers. Two dredge boats were used in February but were driven from work by Confederate shell fire. High water damaged the canal in March and further work was suspended. The canal was thereafter abandoned.

Tablet placed by Village of Delta. Erected May 20th 1936.
 
Erected 1936 by Village of Delta.
 
Location. 32° 19.257′ N, 90° 55.982′ W. Marker is in Delta, Louisiana, in Madison Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old Highway 80 East and Stafford Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Grantís Canal unit of the Vicksburg National Military Park; the above directions are to the parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Delta LA 71233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mississippi Sidestep (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Grant's Canal (here, next to this marker); Williams' Canal – 1862 (here, next to this marker); U.S. Operations Against Vicksburg
Markers and Monuments of Grant's Canal image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
2. Markers and Monuments of Grant's Canal
Marker is nearest marker on left side of sidewalk
(here, next to this marker); Grant's Canal – 1863 (a few steps from this marker); Freedmen Fight at Milliken's Bend (a few steps from this marker); U.S. African Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Grant's Canal. From the National Park Service website for Vicksburg National Military Park. (Submitted on June 17, 2015.) 

2. The Canal to Nowhere. An in-depth article by Terry L. Jones from the Disunion blog in the Opinionator section of the New York Times website. (Submitted on June 17, 2015.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Grant's Canal Unit of the Vicksburg NMP image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
3. Grant's Canal Unit of the Vicksburg NMP
View to southeast from Old Highway 80 East
Preserved Section of Grant's Canal image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 26, 2015
4. Preserved Section of Grant's Canal
View from Old Highway 80 East
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 17, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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