Defending Graveyard Road

Defending Graveyard Road (HM268X)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 22.217', W 90° 50.696'

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You are standing next to Stockade Redan, one of nine large Confederate forts built to guard routes into Vicksburg. The massive outer wall of the redan, made of packed earth faced with logs, originally rose more than 14 feet high. A seven-foot deep ditch added more protection to the front of the wall.

On May 19 and 22, about 400 men held this ground against relentless cannon fire and waves of attackers. A 47-day siege followed. Starvation and disease did what the Union assaults could not. This fort and the 30,000-man army defending Vicksburg surrendered July 4, 1863.
HM NumberHM268X
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 702755 N 3583522
Decimal Degrees32.37028333, -90.84493333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.217', W 90° 50.696'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 13.02" N, 90° 50' 41.76" 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 Confederate Ave, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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