Grant at Hankinson's Ferry

Grant at Hankinson's Ferry (HM1YK9)

Location: Port Gibson, MS 39150 Claiborne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 2.401', W 90° 53.493'

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After occupying Willow Springs on May 5. 1863,. Gen. U. S. Grant divided his force. The XVII Corps advanced on Hankinson s Ferry 5 miles north of here in two columns. Gen. M. M. Crocker's division driving up this road encountered a Confederate roadblock held by Col. F. M. Cockrell's Missourians on Kennison Creek. After a spirited clash in which Crocker was compelled to use 5,000 troops, the Rebels fell back. Covered by Cockrell's stand, the Confederate army had retired across the Big Black.

The 20th Ohio reached Hankinson's Ferry just as the Rebel engineers were preparing to destroy the flatboat-bridge. While Capt. S. De Golyer's Union guns roared, the Ohioans charged over the bridge, scattering the Confederates. Possession of the bridge enabled Grant to send patrols across the Big Black and up the Vicksburg road. Such thrusts helped confuse the Confederate leaders about Federal intentions.

The XVII Corps camped in these fields south of the river from May 3-7. From May 4-7, Grant's headquarters were at Hankinson's Ferry.
HM NumberHM1YK9
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Date Added Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699087 N 3546815
Decimal Degrees32.04001667, -90.89155000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 2.401', W 90° 53.493'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 2' 24.06" N, 90° 53' 29.58" 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 2040 Old Hwy 61, Port Gibson MS 39150, US
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