The Buildup for War

The Buildup for War (HM1YM9)

Location: Port Gibson, MS 39150 Claiborne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 1.8', W 91° 3.19'

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—Grand Gulf Historic Tour —

By the use of flying batteries, the Confederates were so mobile that the Union troops had much difficulty in stopping fortification of bluffs behind Grand Gulf. Harassment forced Commodore David Farragut to convoy the unarmed ships. In March, 1863, Confederate fortifications were strengthened and armament was increased by addition of Wade's and Guibor's Missouri Batteries under command of Colonel William Wade, chief of artillery for Brigadier General John Bowen. Bowen had some 2,500 infantry to man the extensive new rifle pits. Dug into the side of the Point of Rock, about forty feet above the gulf. Fort Cobun was protected by a parapet nearly forty feet thick. Here was located the upper battery, mounting at time of attack, two 32-pounder rifles, one 8 inch Dahlgren and a 30-pounder Parrott rifle, with extensive rifle pits. Fort Wade, the lower fort, just behind the ruined town, was situated on a shelf about twenty feet above and a quarter of a mile distant from the river. Fort Wade's armament consisted of one 100-pounder Blakely rifle, one 8-inch Dahlgren and two 32-pounder rifles. Fort Wade also had extensive rifle pits.
HM NumberHM1YM9
Placed ByThe Grand Gulf Military Monument Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees32.03000000, -91.05316667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 1.8', W 91° 3.19'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 1' 48" N, 91° 3' 11.4" W
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Area Code(s)601
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Grand Gulf, Port Gibson MS 39150, US
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