By Field R., Hook A.
The Mississippi River performed a decisive position within the American Civil battle. The accomplice fortifications that managed the reduce Mississippi valley have been positioned to the try within the long Federal crusade of 1862-63. Vicksburg was once a fort urban, referred to as the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," whose seize is usually noticeable because the key to victory within the battle. This ebook explores the fortifications of the river valley, targeting Vicksburg and its defenses which boasted a community of forts, rifle pits, and cannon embrasures surrounding town and studying the strengths and weaknesses of the fortifications while below siege. additionally tested are various different fortified strongholds, together with New Orleans, Port Hudson, New Madrid and, forts Henry and Donelson, all lavishly illustrated with complete colour art and cutaways.
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Marine Hospital Battery or Battery No. 11 N. Battery No. 10 O. 8 P. 9 Q. Vaiden Battery R. Battery S. Whig Office Battery T. Wyman's Hill Battery U. 5 V. Battery No. 4 W. Devil's Backbone Battery X. Upper Water Battery Y. Pemberton's HQ ~ Union Siege Works: A. Battery Selfridge B. Battery Barrett C. Battery Hart D. Battery Jenney E. Battery Waterhouse F. Battery Wood G. White House Battery H. Battery Hickenlooper I. Battery McPherson J. Battery Logan K. Battery De Golyer L. Battery Archer M. Battery Maloney N.
Author's collection) 51 Published in Harper's Weekly on July 25, 1863, this engraving shows the view of the siege ofYicksburg from the extreme right of the Union lines. Sharpshooters occupy the rifle-pit in the foreground, and the bastion in Fort Hill overlooking the Mississippi River on the northern end of the Confederate defenses is seen at left in the distance. (Author's collection) 52 We did not waste our powder, but no Abolitionist could show his head without danger from ball or buck-shot.
Battery Archer M. Battery Maloney N. 9 O. 8 P. Battery No. 7 Q. 6 R. Battery Benton S. Grant's HQ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ o I o 30 Union Works Confederate Works 1 mile I 1 km I -4- ~ Construction of the main fortifications at Vicksburg was initially entrusted to Captain David B. Harris, Provisional Engineer Corps, CS Army, who was assisted by Acting Captain John M. Reid, and his son Acting Lieutenant John H. Reid, the labor being mostly completed by a force of about 3,000 slaves impressed from plantations in the adjacent counties.
American Civil War Fortifications (3). The Mississippi and River Forts by Field R., Hook A.