Battle of Port Gibson - The Battle

Battle of Port Gibson - The Battle (HM1ZYG)

Location: Port Gibson, MS 39150 Claiborne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 54.367', W 91° 7.764'

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Confederate General Martin Green had posted his brigade near magnolia church with at outpost at the A.K. Shaifer House. Shortly after midnight, Green rode forward to check on his pickets. The General found Mrs. Shaffer and the ladies frantically piling their household effects on a wagon. Green assured the women that there was no need to hurry, the Yankees could not possibly arrive before daybreak. Hardly had green spoken before there was a crash of musketry. The ladies, quickly departed for Port Gibson leaving household effects behind. Outnumbered by federal forces, The Confederates withdrew from position after position. About dark on May 1, 1863, the Confederates retreated through Port Gibson. After crossing the suspension bridge over Little Bayou Pierre the Confederates burned it. On May 2, the "Stars and Stripes" were raised over the Claiborne County Courthouse. While Union engineers constructed a raft-bridge across the stream, the Union troops took a welcome break. Churches, inns, and houses were turned into hospitals to shelter the hundreds of wounded "Yanks" and "Rebs". Union victory at the battle of Port Gibson secured Grant's bridgehead east of the Mississippi River.
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Date Added Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 676881 N 3531555
Decimal Degrees31.90611667, -91.12940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 54.367', W 91° 7.764'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 54' 22.02" N, 91° 7' 45.84" W
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Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2067 MS-552, Port Gibson MS 39150, US
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