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Col. Frederick W. Moore.
1st Brig. 10th Div.
This historic park commemorates the campaign, siege and defense of Vicksburg during the Civil War. The Union victory here in 1863 established Federal control of the Mississippi River and split the Confederacy in two. Although the war continued for…
During the 19th century, rivers meant trade and transit—none more than the Mississippi. This mighty artery of commerce was the nation's single greatest economic feature. In late 1862, Vicksburg remained the primary Confederate stronghold alo…
Colonel Joshua J. Guppey
Lieut. Colonel William F. Vilas
Major Edgar P. Hill
Engaged. Port Gibson. May 1:
Champion's Hill, May 16:
Big Black River Bridge, May 17:
Skirmishes, May 19 and May 20:
Capt. Ambrose A. Blount,
Capt. Charles S. Rice
10th Div., 13th Corps.
In the Battle of Port Gibson,
May 1, 1863,
Sustained no casualties;
In the Battle of Champion's Hill,
The types of cannon you see here all saw action during the Vicksburg fighting. For centuries, artillery had ruled the battlefield. By the time of the Civil War, advances like rifled barrels, improved aiming and ignition had made cannon more powerf…
Capt. Ambrose A. Blount:
Capt. Charles S. Rice.
The 2d section, under Lieut. William Hunt, served
two 10 pounder Parrott rifles in this position, "Burnt
Chimneys," from the morning of May 21 to about May
25, 1863, when it was ordered to a b…
Capt. Martin Klauss.
Two sections served four James rifles in this
position, "Burnt Chimneys," from about May 22 to
the end of the siege, July 4, 1863. Aggregate
reported casualties in battery during the campaign
and siege: killed 2, wounde…
In the assault, May 22, 1863, one gun
of the battery was dragged by hand,
with the assistance of enlisted men
of Benton's and Burbridge's brigades
to a position within a few yards
of the Confederate lunette on the
Baldwin's Ferry Road, a…
The largest and most powerful sternwheel towboat ever launched (318 feet long, 61 feet wide), the steamer Sprague, was constructed in 1901 by the Dubuque Boat and Boiler Works in Iowa for the Monongehela River Consolidated Coal and Coke Company.