By Field R., Hook A.

ISBN-10: 184603194X

ISBN-13: 9781846031946

The Mississippi River performed a decisive position within the American Civil struggle. The accomplice fortifications that managed the decrease Mississippi valley have been placed to the attempt within the long Federal crusade of 1862-63. Vicksburg was once a citadel urban, often called the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," whose seize is frequently obvious because the key to victory within the warfare. This e-book explores the fortifications of the river valley, concentrating on Vicksburg and its defenses which boasted a community of forts, rifle pits, and cannon embrasures surrounding the town and reading the strengths and weaknesses of the fortifications while less than siege. additionally tested are quite a few different fortified strongholds, together with New Orleans, Port Hudson, New Madrid and, forts Henry and Donelson, all lavishly illustrated with complete colour paintings and cutaways.

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M. At the latter hour the rebels were seen preparing for a charge, to re-take the fort. An entire brigade was about to be pitted against a few companies. Our men did not receive the support which had been promised them, and were compelled to fall back, leaving the enemy again in possession of the fort. In fact, only a small force of Confederate volunteers composed of 40 men of Waul's Texas Legion, led by Lieutenant Colonel E. W. Pettus, 20th Alabama Infantry, recaptured the redoubt. In his report of the action, General Stevenson recorded: "Undaunted, this little band, its chivalrous commander at its head, rushed upon the work, and in less time than it requires to describe it, it and the flags were in our possession.

The men of my regiment were stationed as follows: the two right companies occupied the rifle-pits tending off from the right of the fort; the four next companies manned the fort; the four remaining, or left, companies occupied the lines next on our left separated from the fort by the interval of upward of 100 yards, above described. In addition there were, at the commencement of the siege, placed in the fort two detachments, with their guns, from Captain Tobin's battery [1st Mississippi Light Artillery].

McPherson, ;s shown here among Federal sharpshooters in a rifle trench in the Vicksburg siege lines. Based on an original sketch by Theodore R. Davis, this engraving was published in Harper's Weekly on June 27, 1863 with the following account: "The sketch is of an incident coming under my observation while, a few days since, I was making my way, with due regard for personal safety, through the trenches and rifle-pits to a point from which a near view of the rebel works could be obtained. An officer of General M'Pherson's staff, a fine shot, had taken his rifle, and was, with the sharp-shooters, rendering it an impossibility to use a gun that had been used to annoy our men at work in the trenches.

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