Bombardment of Confederate Fortifications by Federal Gunboats

Bombardment of Confederate Fortifications by Federal Gunboats (HM1ZST)

Location: Port Gibson, MS 39150 Claiborne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 1.817', W 91° 3.251'

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Fort Gibson Historic Tour

The river on April 29, 1863, was at flood stage and falling. It was overflowing its banks from the bluffs on the east to high ground beyond the flood pain to the west. The river bend upstream just above the "Point of Rocks" force the current of the main channel to this side and to the bluffs on which the Confederate Forts of Coburn and Wade were located. Rear Admiral Porter deployed his fleet of seven gunboats along a line about in this area in very strong currents and counter currents. Firing began at seven o'clock a.m. and lasted continuously for about five and one-half hours. Fort Wade, slightly to the right on the bluff above, was knocked out. Fort Coburn, upstream to the left of the "Point of Rocks", was never silenced. Several boats were estimated to be damaged and one disabled.

Porter communicated with General Grant who remained with his army on transports a short distance above Grand Gulf. He decided to land his troops across on the Louisiana side and march south across Coffee Point to Disharoon's Plantation, a point below the Confederate fortifications.

At eight o'clock p.m. under cover of darkness, the gunboats and empty transports slipped safety by and tied up about four miles below Grand Gulf where they met Grant's troops and transported them to Bruinsburg, Miss. Here they were disembarked and started
their "March to Port Gibson" and eventually to surround Vicksburg.
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 10:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 683747 N 3545447
Decimal Degrees32.03028333, -91.05418333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 1.817', W 91° 3.251'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 1' 49.02" N, 91° 3' 15.06" W
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Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 179-187 Grand Gulf Rd, Port Gibson MS 39150, US
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