Campaign, Siege, and Defense of Vicksburg: 1863.

Campaign, Siege, and Defense of Vicksburg: 1863. (HM1YYN)

Location: Port Gibson, MS 39150 Claiborne County
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N 31° 57.128', W 90° 58.838'

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Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi, May 1.

The Union Army under command of Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant was composed of the 13th Corps and Logan's Division of the 17th Corps. The Confederate Army, under command of Brig. Gen. John S. Bowen, was composed of Tracy's, Cockrell's, Green's, and Baldwin's Brigades, the 6th Mississippi Infantry, the Botetourt (Virginia) Artillery, and a section of Hudson's (Mississippi) Battery. Most of the Confederate regiments made forced marches to reach the battlefield and arrived with thinned ranks. Tracy's Brigade held the right, Green's and the Sixth Mississippi the left of the Confederate line. The battle was opened at an early hour by the advance of Carr's and Hovey's Divisions on the right and Osterhaus' on the left of the Union line, Smith's Division in reserve. The Confederate left was driven back about 10 A.M. and Baldwin's Brigade, just arrived, formed a new line about one and one-half miles in rear of the first position. Two regiments, just arrived, of Cockrell's Brigade were posted on the new line: Green's Brigade and one regiment, just arrived, of Cockrell's Brigade, were ordered to the Confederate right which had retired a little from its first position. The First Brigade of Logan's Division was sent, on arrival, to the Union left, the Third reinforced the Union right and Smith's Division became engaged: the Second Brigade of Logan's Division
did not arrive until near the close of the battle. The Confederate line was held until 5:30 P.M. when both wings were driven from their positions and fell back across Bayou Pierre. The First and Fourth Missouri Infantry (Consolidated) of Cockrell's Brigade arriving in time to assist in covering the retreat. Casualties: Union: Killed 131, Wounded 719, Missing 25, Total 725. Brig. Gen. E.D. Tracy and three other officers killed.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 690856 N 3536910
Decimal Degrees31.95213333, -90.98063333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 57.128', W 90° 58.838'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 57' 7.68" N, 90° 58' 50.28" W
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Area Code(s)601
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Cemetary Dr, Port Gibson MS 39150, US
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