Raymond in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
A Guide to the Campaign Trail
The Vicksburg Campaign and Siege
—Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Parker Hills —
When the war closed the River to Northern commerce, the states of the Old Northwest demanded action, and by August all the manpower and treasure the Union could muster was aimed at reopening “the spinal column of America.” A shallow-draft fleet of gunboats was rapidly built, and by mid-1862 the ironclad monsters roamed with impunity on the Western waters. Yet Vicksburg held fast, and the River remained closed from Vicksburg’s wharf southward for 240 miles to Port Hudson, Louisiana.
In the first months of 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant masterminded
On May 12, a Confederate force unsuccessfully struck Grant’s right flank at the Battle of Raymond. Grant quickly changed his scheme of maneuver and pivoted east, capturing Jackson on May 14. The Federals then raced west toward Vicksburg and defeated Pemberton’s army at the Battle of Champion Hill on May 16, and at Big Black Bridge on May 17. After attacks on Vicksburg on May 19 and 22 were beaten back, siege operations began. Almost two months later, Vicksburg and its army surrendered on July 4, and Port Hudson fell on July 9. The River was open and, as Lincoln declared, “The Father of Waters again flows unvexed to the sea.”
“The sun did not shine more certainly than that the loss of the Mississippi was the loss of the war”.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located in the town circle at the southeast side of the water tower. Marker is in this post office area: Raymond MS 39154, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The McCoy Brothers (a few steps from this marker); Raymond Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hinds County Confederate Memorial (about 400 feet away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bledsoe's Battery (approx. 1.4 miles away); C.S. Gregg's Task Force (approx. 1.4 miles away); C.S. Bledsoe's Missouri Battery (3 Guns) (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raymond.
More about this marker. As stated on the bottom of the marker, “This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Interior - National Park Service, Vicksburg National Military Park, the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg, City of Port Gibson and City of Raymond, Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mississippi Development Authority Division of Tourism.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 7, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.