Delta in Madison Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers
The Ninth Connecticut arrived at De Soto Point, opposite Vicksburg, on June 25, 1862, and began felling trees, cutting roots, and turning dirt. Supply problems, lack of drinking water, and temperatures that reached above 100 degrees took a heavy toll as malaria, dysentery, and heatstroke spread throughout the command. With the river level dropping and troops incapacitated by heat and disease, the canal project was abandoned on July 24, far short of completion. Some 153 men of the Ninth died within a four-month period following their arrival at the canal. While the Ninth saw no further action at Vicksburg, it participated in the Battle
Location. 32° 19.24′ N, 90° 55.969′ 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. U.S. African Brigade (here, next to this marker); Freedmen Fight at Milliken's Bend (a few steps from this marker); Grant's Canal – 1863 (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Operations Against Vicksburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant's Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Mississippi Sidestep (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Grant's Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Williams' Canal – 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delta.
Also see . . .
1. Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers 1861-1865 (Submitted on June 17, 2015.)
2. Grant's Canal. From the National Park Service website for Vicksburg National Military Park. (Submitted on June 17, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 17, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.