Raymond in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The Vicksburg Campaign
The United States government had to control the lower Mississippi River in order to move agricultural products to world markets, to split the South and sever its supply lines. In the spring of 1863, Major General Ulysses S. Grant launched the Army of the Tennessee on a series of maneuvers and battles to pocket Vicksburg and end the war.
“The most brilliant campaign ever fought on American soil” involved deception and counter-intelligence, rapid marches, naval actions, a large-scale amphibious crossing, and fighting in difficult terrain and harsh climate. Grant’s invading force brought war to the interior of the Deep South and eventually captured Vicksburg and an entire Confederate army, re-opening the Mississippi River.
A Driving Tour
Along this tour you will experience the terrain these armies crossed in 1863, some of the most varied and difficult terrain of any military campaign. Some of the sites and nearby roadways have changed little since
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Bombardment of the Vicksburg Batteries by Rear Admiral David Porter’s gunboats on the night of April 16, 1863. Among the variety of innovations used to conduct war in the lower Mississippi River valley was this flotilla of vessels designed specifically for use on these rivers. The remains of one of these gunboats, the “USS Cairo,” can be viewed in the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Location. 32° 14.668′ N, 90° 26.611′ W. Marker is in Raymond, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker can be reached from Port Gibson Street 0.1 miles north of Mississippi Highway 18, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Raymond Military Park on an exhibit kiosk at the beginning of the walking trail; the above directions are to the parking area for the park. Marker is in this post office area: Raymond MS 39154, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Little J Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Raymond as a Pivotal Point in the Vicksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Battle of Raymond - This Walking Trail C.S. Gregg's Task Force (within shouting distance of this marker); The Campaign Turns East (within shouting distance of this marker); Gregg's Battle Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); To Clinton and Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named C.S. Gregg's Task Force (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raymond.
Also see . . . Friends of Raymond. Official website of the Friends of Raymond with detailed information on the Battle of Raymond and the preservation of the battlefield. (Submitted on July 4, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 4, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.