Grant's Canal

Grant's Canal (HM1L5V)

Location: Delta, LA 71233 Madison Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 19.258', W 90° 55.98'

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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 canal resumed. The canal was to be 60 feet wide, one and one-half miles long, and deep enough to float any vessel on the river. Ground was broken on January 30. Negro work gangs assisted by fatigue details from the Union Army began the work. Later, steam pumps and dredge boats were employed. To stop the work, the Confederates emplaced several big guns on the shore opposite the canal's exit but the work progressed. On March 7, the upper dam gave way, flooding the entire peninsula. "Grant's Canal" had failed.
HM NumberHM1L5V
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Date Added Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 694574 N 3577890
Decimal Degrees32.32096667, -90.93300000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 19.258', W 90° 55.98'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 19' 15.48" N, 90° 55' 58.8" W
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Area Code(s)318
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Levee Rd, Delta LA 71233, US
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