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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

“The Widow Blakely”

 
 
"The Widow Blakely" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, July 2, 2016
1. "The Widow Blakely" Marker
Inscription. Because it was the lone Blakely rifled cannon in all the Vicksburg defenses, the Confederate soldiers called this 7.44-inch gun, "The Widow Blakely." During the siege it was mounted about 1 mile north of its present position. On May 22, 1863, the "Widow" was manned by a detachment of Company H, 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery, Lt. A.L. Slack, commanding the detail.

In that day's action against Union gunboats, one of the "Widow Blakely's" own shells exploded in its muzzle. Later the Confederates cut away the damaged end and used the gun as a mortar.

After the war, "The Widow Blakely" spent 96 years on display at the U.S. Military Academy's Trophy Point.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 19.172′ N, 90° 53.823′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Louisiana Circle and Washington Street (Business U.S. 61), on the left when traveling south on Louisiana Circle. Touch for map. This marker is located in the Louisiana Circle portion of the Vicksburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Vicksburg MS 39180, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
"The Widow Blakely" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
2. "The Widow Blakely" Marker
C.S. Marks' Company, 22D Louisiana; (here, next to this marker); Louisiana Eighth Battalion (here, next to this marker); Louisiana 22nd Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Running the Gauntlet (within shouting distance of this marker); Gibraltar of the Confederacy (approx. half a mile away); U.S. Battery Benton. (approx. half a mile away); Vicksburg Siege (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mississippi (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Vicksburg National Military Park. National Park Service (Submitted on August 23, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View down the Mississippi River towards the Old Vicksburg Bridge & the I-20 bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 27, 2017
3. View down the Mississippi River towards the Old Vicksburg Bridge & the I-20 bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 22, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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