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Location: Port Gibson, MS 39150 Claiborne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 2.556', W 91° 3.113'

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Grand gulf was named for the large whirlpool or gulf formed by the current of the Mississippi River being diverted to the left by the rocky headland called Point of Rock. At the time of the Civil War, the Big Black discharged into the Mississippi at the head of the gulf.

During the battle of Grand Gulf, the three Union ironclads which first attacked Fort Cobun were buffeted by the powerful currents. The "Tuscumbia" was turned round and round. When the "Benton's" wheel was damaged by a Confederate shell, she spun around as she dropped down river. After Fort Wade was silenced, the "Louisville", "Carondelet" and "Mound City" moved against Fort Cobun. These ironclads steamed in a circle blasting Fort Cobun at distances of from 500 to 600 yards.

The river has now retreated and the gulf is covered with trees.
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Date Added Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 683940 N 3546817
Decimal Degrees32.04260000, -91.05188333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 2.556', W 91° 3.113'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 2' 33.36" N, 91° 3' 6.78" W
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Area Code(s)601
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12006 Grand Gulf Rd, Port Gibson MS 39150, US
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