On June 7, 1863, black troops fought a vicious battle to defend the Union supply base at Milliken’s Bend, 15 miles northwest of here. Their victory proved black troops could fight well and helped ensure that the siege at Vicksburg would end in Union . . . — — Map (db m84474) HM
During the summer of 1862, the Federals’ first attempt to bypass Vicksburg by digging a canal across DeSoto Peninsula failed. By January, 1863, the Federals had reoccupied the Louisiana shore opposite Vicksburg. Gen. U.S. Grant ordered work on the . . . — — Map (db m84467) HM
This canal was the third attempt by the Union armies to route gunboats around Vicksburg. Excavation was begun in January 1863, by order of General Grant with two regiments and 1,200 Negro laborers. Two dredge boats were used in February but were . . . — — Map (db m84469) HM
The remains of the canal you see here today are the result of the second Union effort to bypass Vicksburg.
In January 1863, laborers and troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant resumed work on the canal begun in June 1862. They . . . — — Map (db m84472) HM
In 1862, powerful Confederate guns along Vicksburg’s high bluffs kept the Mississippi River closed to Federal shipping. Union leaders decided the army should take the city by land to gain control of the river. But General Thomas Williams had a . . . — — Map (db m84468) HM
Known as Connecticut’s Irish Regiment, due to its predominant makeup of soldiers born in Ireland, the Ninth was mustered in at New Haven in September 1861. In December, the 845-man regiment arrived at Ship Island, Mississippi, and was among the . . . — — Map (db m84476) HM WM
District Northeast Louisiana Army of the Tennessee
Col. Isaac F. Shepard
Post of Milliken’s Bend Louisiana
Col. Hiram Scofield
8th Louisiana, Col. Hiram Scofield
9th Louisiana, Col Herman Lieb, Maj. . . . — — Map (db m84475) HM
Operations Against Vicksburg May 18 - July 24, 1862;
Department of the Gulf.
Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler;
2d Brigade, Department of the Gulf.
Brig. Gen. Thomas Williams;
9th Connecticut Infantry, Col. Thomas W. Cahill; . . . — — Map (db m84471) HM
Rather than attack Vicksburg directly, the Federals at first tried to engineer their way around the Confederate stronghold.
In June 1862, Union troops started digging a canal across the foot of DeSoto Point. The theory: the river would adopt . . . — — Map (db m84470) HM
Fitzhugh once had 7 mounds and a linear earthen ridge leading to the site from the west. Now only 2 mounds remain. The largest is square with a flat top. It is 10 feet tall and 150 by 150 feet at the base. The smaller mound is 4 feet tall and 200 . . . — — Map (db m89061) HM
The fall of New Orleans in April
1862, capped the beginning of an 18-month drive
to control Vicksburg and the Mississippi River.
The fight for this strategic location was arduous.
Vicksburg, sitting high atop bluffs, was . . . — — Map (db m60227) HM
Grant's March Map included
Winter Quarters, the country home of Haller and Julia
Nutt, is the only plantation home along Lake Saint Joseph
that survived the Vicksburg campaign. The Nutts were
Union sympathizers . . . — — Map (db m60239) HM
At daybreak on June 7, 1863, Gen. H. E. McCulloch led his Texas Brigade against the Union force which guarded the Union supply depot at Milliken’s Bend. In the savage fighting which ensued, the Confederates drove the Federals from their camp. While . . . — — Map (db m34798) HM
During the second week of May 1863, the Federals abandoned their supply line connecting Milliken's Bend with Hard Times. On June 4, the Confederates reoccupied Richmond. From Richmond, Gen. Dick Taylor launched an offensive to destroy the Union . . . — — Map (db m89049) HM
During the Civil War, Crescent was the home of Dr. D.M. and Elizabeth DeMoss Dancy. The house was built in 1832.
When Gen. U.S. Grant's Federal forces occupied Madison Parish, an officer and several soldiers came to Crescent with orders to burn . . . — — Map (db m89054) HM
Scottland Plantation House is a frame, center-hall plantation house, that is one of only three surviving Greek Revival structures in Madison Parish. The house was once at the center of the 1,440 acre Scottland Plantation from which much of Tallulah . . . — — Map (db m89044) HM
Col. T.W. Bennett's task force, which had been sent to reconnoiter the route from Milliken's Bend to New Carthage, reached this point at 2:00 P.M. on March 31, 1863. If the Federals were to occupy Richmond, they would first have to cross Roundaway . . . — — Map (db m89050) HM
Tallulah was founded in 1857. In 1862 it was an important telegraph and railroad station on the Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Texas Railroad. On August 18, 1862, the depot, telegraph office, and several cars were destroyed by a small detachment of . . . — — Map (db m89792) HM
Schicker Mound is a 5-foot-tall platform mound that is 115 by 115 feet at the base. The age is unknown. The mound was 12 feet tall before the house was constructed on top in the 1920s. The LaSalle Street Mound, located only 300 feet due west, may . . . — — Map (db m89795) HM
Tendal is a platform mound with sides that face the four cardinal directions. It is 6½ feet tall and 165 by 230 feet at the base. The mound was flat on top even before the house was constructed. Artifacts found here suggest the mound was built . . . — — Map (db m89040) HM