Site of Hot Shot Furnace

Site of Hot Shot Furnace (HM1ZYV)

Location: Port Gibson, MS 39150 Claiborne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 2.585', W 91° 3.098'

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When General John S. Bowen's troops moved to Grand Gulf in March 1863, they had to cope with the ocean-going warships of Admiral David G. Farragut. Knowing that these ships were made of wood, the Confederates determined to use hot shot against them. Two hot shot furnaces were constructed - one at Fort Cobun, the other at Fort Wade. The Confederates had only two guns capable of throwing heavy round shot, so General Bowen had his gunners fill the projectiles for their rifled guns with either clay or brick dust.
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Date Added Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 683963 N 3546871
Decimal Degrees32.04308333, -91.05163333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 2.585', W 91° 3.098'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 2' 35.1" N, 91° 3' 5.88" 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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