"The Widow Blakely" Historical

"The Widow Blakely" Historical (HM1TW1)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39180 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 19.172', W 90° 53.823'

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Because it was the lone Blakely rifled cannon in all the Vicksburg defenses, the Confederate soldiers called this 7.44-inch gun, "The Widow Blakely." During the siege it was mounted about 1 mile north of its present position. On May 22, 1863, the "Widow" was manned by a detachment of Company H, 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery, Lt. A.L. Slack, commanding the detail.

In that day's action against Union gunboats, one of the "Widow Blakely's" own shells exploded in its muzzle. Later the Confederates cut away the damaged end and used the gun as a mortar.

After the war, "The Widow Blakely" spent 96 years on display at the U.S. Military Academy;s Trophy Point.
HM NumberHM1TW1
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service
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Date Added Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 697962 N 3577797
Decimal Degrees32.31953333, -90.89705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 19.172', W 90° 53.823'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 19' 10.32" N, 90° 53' 49.38" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Louisiana Cir, Vicksburg MS 39180, US
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