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

Bledsoe's Battery

 
 
Bledsoe's Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
1. Bledsoe's Battery Marker
Inscription. Anticipating that the enemy would approach Raymond from both of these roads, Confederate General Gregg positioned Capt. Hiram Bledsoe’s battery of three cannon and a battalion of infantry here to defend Raymond from either direction. However, on May 12 the center of action was along the Utica Road, near the bridge, toward which these cannon are aimed. In conjunction with the Confederate skirmishers along Fourteenmile Creek, these guns opened fire on the first Federal troops that approached the creek, almost a thousand yards south.

After inconclusively dueling all day against a larger battery of twenty-two cannons nearly a mile to the south, one of the guns exploded.

While changes in elevation from this point to Fourteenmile Creek bridge are subtle, Gregg could have used this high ground as his vantage point to watch the battle progress. The smoke and haze of that day, however, prevented him from being able to discern the size and strength of the Union forces.

(Upper Sketches Caption)
Sketches of loading and firing artillery by Theo Davis, artist-journalist for the Harper’s Weekly newspaper who sketched at the Battle of Raymond and throughout the Vicksburg Campaign.

(Lower Drawing Caption)
This battery consisted of two 12-pounder cannons (typical 12-pounders,
Bledsoe's Battery Marker at Left image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
2. Bledsoe's Battery Marker at Left
below)
and a rare breech-loading English-made Whitworth rifled cannon.
 
Location. 32° 14.856′ N, 90° 26.543′ W. Marker is in Raymond, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old Port Gibson Road and Port Gibson Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in a section of the Raymond Military Park known as Bledsoe’s Battery that is detached from the main part of 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. C.S. Gregg's Task Force (a few steps from this marker); C.S. Bledsoe's Missouri Battery (3 Guns) (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named C.S. Gregg's Task Force (a few steps from this marker); To Clinton and Jackson (a few steps from this marker); The Campaign Turns East (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named C.S. Gregg's Task Force (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Raymond - This Walking Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Raymond as a Pivotal Point in the Vicksburg Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles 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
Markers at Bledsoe's Battery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
3. Markers at Bledsoe's Battery
Bledsoe's Battery marker at far left
detailed information on the Battle of Raymond and the preservation of the battlefield. (Submitted on July 6, 2015.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Bledsoe's Battery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
4. Bledsoe's Battery
Bledsoe's Battery at Intersection of Old Port Gisbon Road and Port Gibson Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
5. Bledsoe's Battery at Intersection of Old Port Gisbon Road and Port Gibson Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 6, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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